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Overview: Whisky & Spirits

Overview: Whisky & Spirits

Dear GMB member,

 GMB Scotland in Chivas - Holiday Pay and Product Allowance

GMB believes that Chivas may not be paying the correct rate of pay to GMB members when they are on leave. Your holiday pay shouldn't just reflect your basic pay it should reflect other payments you receive. For example it should reflect overtime that you have been doing before you take leave, if you regularly do an extra hour a day overtime than when you are on leave your holiday pay should reflect that.

We are asking you to fill in this online survey or to request a paper copy from your GMB rep https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/GMB_Scotland_Pro_Forma_Holiday_Pay_Chivas. The answers from this survey will help us understand the extent of the issue when we approach Chivas to get the holiday pay issue rectified on your behalf. Please contact us if you have any further questions.

GMB will be meeting with Chivas on the 29 of August to conduct the appeal of the decision to reject your collective grievance on product allowance. Your feedback through your reps is clear, GMB cannot accept without challenge Chivas reneging on the pay deal which was to increase product allowance to £240 for 2018. GMB feels it is disrespectful to you, the hardworking staff at Chivas to not implement the pay deal in full.

We will keep you updated on both of these matters as they progress.

Please ensure your membership and contact details, particularly mobiles, are up to date in order to receive our latest updates www.gmb.org.uk/mygmb . If you know colleagues who haven't yet joined GMB, there's never been a better time to do so. They can join at www.gmb.org.uk/join

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us at: keir.greenaway@gmb.org.uk / 0131 322 9270 (Edinburgh); and liz.gordon@gmb.org.uk / 01463 233088 (Inverness).


Keir Greenaway                                            Liz Gordon
GMB Scotland Organiser                            GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB member,

GMB Scotland in Diageo - Your Hard Work Leads To Bumper Profits!

Diageo announced today (26 July) their preliminary financial results for 2018. It is another successful year for Diageo whose profits keep going from strength to strength. Diageo's profits are up 3.7% to £3.691 billion. This makes Diageo one of the most profitable companies in the world.

GMB knows it’s you that makes this profit, your hard work and your endeavour every time you go the extra mile for Diageo. Without the Whisky and Spirit you make, mature and bottle then Diageo couldn't make these profits.

Successful company's like Diageo are in the best position to reward their hardworking and loyal staff for making so much profit for shareholders. Therefore, we expect Diageo to offer an annual pay award that is reflective of the hard work GMB members have put in to create these eye-watering levels of profit.

The next meeting to negotiate pay will be the 22 and 23 of August. 


Please ensure your membership and contact details, particularly mobiles, are up to date in order to receive our latest updateswww.gmb.org.uk/mygmb . If you know colleagues who haven't yet joined GMB, there's never been a better time to do so. They can join atwww.gmb.org.uk/join 

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us at: keir.greenaway@gmb.org.uk / 0131 322 9270 (Edinburgh); andliz.gordon@gmb.org.uk / 01463 233088 (Inverness). 

Keir Greenaway                                            Liz Gordon
GMB Scotland Organiser                           GMB Scotland Organiser
 

Dear GMB Member,

GMB Scotland in Dewars - Your Say on Pay

The priority of GMB Scotland is the defence of your interests. That's why we recently conducted a survey on pay so you could tell us loud and clear what you think about pay in Dewars.

It's very clear from the results that you are unhappy with the current arrangements.

Here are the key findings:

  • 75% of GMB members feel the mechanism for deciding performance related pay is unfair
  • Half of GMB members don't know how to challenge their score
  • 90% of GMB members feel pay isn't transparent
  • 75% of GMB members agree you should get equal pay for an equal job
  • You told us that you want to be able to negotiate your own pay

We are extremely concerned that nearly half of all women who were asked felt they could identify a male being paid more for doing the same job. It is illegal to pay women less for doing the same job as a man.

You also told us that you want us to raise a collective grievance around the issue of the pay rise not flowing through to overtime on previous years back pay. This was secured for you this year by GMB reps.

GMB have asked for a meeting with the employer to discuss what you have told us. You have been adamant in your responses to us and we will make sure this is made clear to the employer.

Please ensure your membership and contact details, particularly mobiles, are up to date in order to receive our latest updates www.gmb.org.uk/mygmb . If you know colleagues who haven't yet joined GMB, there's never been a better time to do so. They can join at www.gmb.org.uk/join

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us at: keir.greenaway@gmb.org.uk / 0131 322 9270 (Edinburgh); and liz.gordon@gmb.org.uk / 01463 233088 (Inverness).

Keir Greenaway                                       Liz Gordon
GMB Scotland Organiser                      GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in Whisky & Spirits – Defending Your Interests

The value of your work and skills to the Scottish economy is significant. Our mission isn’t just to defend your jobs and conditions, GMB Scotland wants to see your sector grow and thrive for generations to come. But there are headwinds approaching us.

Brexit is the biggest issue of the day. Irrespective if you voted ‘leave’ or ‘remain’, there’s no getting away from the economic and employment challenges we will soon face.  But Brexit is happening and we aren’t going to sit and wait to find out what it could mean for your jobs and industry.

Recent research commissioned by GMB Scotland revealed that exports from whisky and spirits to the EU alone is generating nearly £1.2 billion of value for the Scottish economy and supporting an estimated 12,800 jobs across the wider food and drink sector (the bulk of which are in your sector). You can read our full report here.

That’s why we have written to your employers to engage them in this discussion with GMB.

This isn’t a challenge to your employer and it’s not scaremongering. It’s an invitation to work with your trade union in an effort to chart our way through significant change and challenge, with the objective of securing employment and prosperity here in Scotland for years to come.

Let’s also be clear that this isn’t about punting party politics or political posturing, that’s not the priority of GMB Scotland.  But the defence of our members’ interests is our priority and we have to be forward thinking on matters of employment and economy.

Next to oil production, food and drink manufacturing, of which whisky and spirits production is the dominant industry, are the pillars of the Scottish economy. So much so that the recent outlook for the Scottish economy showed that exports from our oil and gas and food and drink sectors are keeping our economy just about growing.

That tells us that we cannot be complacent over the future of our whisky and spirits sector. It is far too important and valuable, not just for GMB members but for the country.

We hope you agree.

As ever, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me on 0131 322 9270 or email keir.greenaway@gmb.org.uk 

Please share this information with colleagues and check-in for regular updates at our dedicated GMB Scotland Whisky and Spirits campaign page.  Remember colleagues can join GMB online at www.gmbscotland/join

Keir Greenaway
GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB Member,

GMB Scotland in Diageo
Diageo Pay Negotiations 2018/19 update

GMB requested that we meet with Diageo over a two day period to try and get the pay negotiations resolved as quickly as possible. This request has been granted and two days of talks have been arranged for Wednesday 22 & Thursday 23 August. It is unfortunate that the negotiations now won't restart until August; however, this is due to the availability of everyone involved.

GMB will communicate with you before, during and after these negotiations, keeping you fully updated.

Please ensure your membership and contact details, particularly mobiles, are up to date in order to receive our latest updates www.gmb.org.uk/mygmb . If you know colleagues who haven't yet joined GMB, there's never been a better time to do so. They can join at www.gmb.org.uk/join

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us at: keir.greenaway@gmb.org.uk / 0131 322 9270 (Edinburgh); and liz.gordon@gmb.org.uk / 01463 233088 (Inverness).

Keir Greenaway                                            Liz Gordon
GMB Scotland Organiser                            GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB Member,

GMB Scotland in Chivas - Product Allowance Grievance

We have written to Scott Livingstone HR Director to appeal the decision to not uphold GMB's Collective Grievance. As part of the wage negotiations and the agreement on pay, your Product Allowance was set to increase from £200 to £240. However, Chivas are looking to only increase by £20 in 2018 and then full £40 in 2019.

GMB are very disappointed that Chivas are not following the agreement to increase your product allowance to £240 in 2018. The saving that Chivas are making by not following the agreement is around £25,000. GMB doesn't believe that making this saving is worth the damage to morale caused by not implementing what you agreed.

GMB will keep you updated with the progress of your grievance.

Please ensure your membership and contact details, particularly mobiles, are up to date in order to receive our latest updates www.gmb.org.uk/mygmb . If you know colleagues who haven't yet joined GMB, there's never been a better time to do so. They can join at www.gmb.org.uk/join

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us at: keir.greenaway@gmb.org.uk / 0131 322 9270 (Edinburgh); and liz.gordon@gmb.org.uk / 01463 233088 (Inverness).

Keir Greenaway                                            Liz Gordon
GMB Scotland Organiser                            GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB Member,

GMB Scotland in Diageo Diageo Pay Negotiations 2018/19 Update

Having written to Diageo last week GMB received a reply and Diageo will now be setting up further negotiation meetings. GMB have requested that Diageo arranges two consecutive days of meetings so that we conclude negotiations over these two days.

You have told your reps that you don't want pay negotiations to drag on for weeks and that you want them concluding as soon as possible. GMB believes this is also in the interest of the employer, so we can't see why they wouldn't agree to this way forward.

GMB wants to have a pay offer from Diageo as soon as possible and when we have an offer from Diageo you will be balloted on it.

Please ensure your membership and contact details, particularly mobiles, are up to date in order to receive our latest updates www.gmb.org.uk/mygmb . If you know colleagues who haven't yet joined GMB, there's never been a better time to do so.  They can join at www.gmb.org.uk/join

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us at: keir.greenaway@gmb.org.uk / 0131 322 9270 (Edinburgh); and liz.gordon@gmb.org.uk / 01463 233088 (Inverness).

Keir Greenaway                                            Liz Gordon
GMB Scotland Organiser                            GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in Edrington – Important Update!

Edrington today have announced that they will be selling two of their brands Cutty Sark and Glenturret.

This will have the potential effect of reducing volume of output from Great Western Road by 10 per cent. Edrington have said they do not foresee this leading to compulsory redundancies.

GMB will be meeting with Edrington next week and we will be discussing their plans to avoid compulsory redundancies as well as the potential TUPE process for the staff at Glenturret.

GMB will campaign to defend your interests throughout this process.

Please ensure your membership and contact details, particularly mobiles, are up to date in order to receive our latest updates. If you know colleagues who haven't yet joined GMB, there's never been a better time to do so. They can join at www.gmb.org.uk/join

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us at: keir.greenaway@gmb.org.uk / 0131 322 9270 (Edinburgh); and liz.gordon@gmb.org.uk / 01463 233088 (Inverness).

Keir Greenaway                                        Liz Gordon
GMB Scotland Organiser                       GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in Diageo – Important Pay Negotiations Update

GMB Scotland reps alongside Unite presented your pay claim to Diageo nearly three weeks ago. As part of your pay claim we asked for an above inflation pay rise. Over the last 18 years, Diageo used January RPI as the anchor point for negotiations.

This year inflation stood at 4% in January. You told us you wanted an above inflation pay rise as anything less than 4% would be a pay cut. You also asked for an employment guarantee, re-introduction of a bonus and increased product allowance.

You can access a copy of GMB’s pay claim here: https://bit.ly/2JPlfDF

GMB Scotland and Unite have attended three days of joint negotiation. Diageo informed the trade unions that their stakeholders had considered not offering a pay rise this year but despite that they proposed a 2% pay rise.

However, Diageo wouldn't consider any of the other elements of your pay claim. Over the three days of talks, GMB and Unite made every effort to ensure the negotiations were constructive and fast paced.

We made two concessions; from 6% to 5.7% and from 5.7% to 5.4%. After these two concessions Diageo were only willing to increase their initial offer from 2% to 2.1%. The increase of 0.1% on Diageo's proposal is equivalent to £90,000.

At this stage Diageo adjourned the meeting on Monday 11 June without organising further dates for negotiations. This makes it very unlikely you will now receive any pay rise in time with your pay anniversary date of 1 July.

GMB Scotland and Unite will now write to Diageo to reiterate our desire to reach an agreement on pay that you, our members, find agreeable and that we want to do this in a timely manner.

As ever, we will keep you fully up to date with any developments as they happen.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us at keir.greenaway@gmb.org.uk / 0131 322 9270 (Edinburgh) and liz.gordon@gmb.org.uk / 01463 233088 (Inverness).


Keir Greenaway                       Liz Gordon
GMB Scotland Organiser         GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB Member 

GMB Scotland in Diageo – Pay Negotiations Update 

Please see below the agreed joint statement from pay negotiations on 31 May: 

Message from Joint Negotiation Group

The Joint Unions and the Company met today to continue discussions on this year's wage claim.

At the session both groups shared their positions through discussions which were open and frank.

At the end of a difficult day it was agreed to meet again on Monday 11 June and in advance of this meeting Union reps would engage with their members

GMB Scotland will continue to keep you updated on the progress of the negotiations. Your local GMB reps will be briefed and will come to speak to you as soon as possible, please find time to talk to them and give them your feedback.

In the meantime, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us at keir.greenaway@gmb.org.uk / 0131 322 9270 (Edinburgh) and liz.gordon@gmb.org.uk / 01463 233088 (Inverness).

Keir Greenaway                                                        Liz Gordon
GMB Scotland Organiser                                        GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in Diageo – Pay Negotiations Update

Please see below the agreed joint statement from today’s pay negotiation:

Update from Joint Wage Negotiations – Wednesday 23 May 2018

Representatives of the Joint Trade Unions and the Company have been meeting to discuss the pay claims which have been received by the business.

During the course of the discussions, all parties shared their positions but no agreement was reached.

The discussions have therefore been adjourned and will be reconvened on Thursday 31 May 2018.

This date was originally scheduled for further discussion on the collective agreement and an alternative date is to be scheduled.

GMB will continue to keep you fully updated on your pay negotiations.

A full copy of your GMB Scotland pay claim to Diageo for 2018 can be downloaded here https://tinyurl.com/ya6dpwa3

In the meantime, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us at keir.greenaway@gmb.org.uk / 0131 322 9270 (Edinburgh) and liz.gordon@gmb.org.uk / 01463 233088 (Inverness).

Keir Greenaway                                                        Liz Gordon
GMB Scotland Organiser                                        GMB Scotland Organiser

P.S. Remember! GMB is campaigning for a 6% pay rise, employment guarantees, a new bonus scheme and increased product allowance.

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in Chivas - Collective Grievance Update

The priority of GMB Scotland is the defence of your interests. That's why GMB Scotland will be meeting with Chivas management on Friday 25 May to discuss your collective grievance.

It is not right that Chivas aren’t holding up their side of the bargain in your pay deal. GMB Scotland are clear that you were told that your product allowance increase would be for 2018 not half of 2018.

GMB Scotland believe you should get the pay and benefits you agreed and will keep you updated with the outcome of the grievance procedure.


As always, if you have any issues or questions you can contact us on 0131 322 9270 or via email: gmbscotcampaigns@gmb.org.uk

Members in the Highlands & Islands can also contact our GMB Scotland Organiser Liz Gordon on 01463 233088.

Keir Greenaway                                              Liz Gordon
GMB Scotland Organiser                              GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in Diageo – Your 2018 Pay Claim

The priority of GMB Scotland is the defence of your interests – that’s why we extensively surveyed our members in Diageo before forming your pay claim for 2018.

The pay survey returns outlined that you wanted an award that improved your standard of living. This means an award above the inflation figure always used by Diageo, January’s RPI, which was 4 per cent.

That’s why your GMB workplace reps agreed, while also considering your employer’s remarkable financial results, that our claim should be for a 6 per cent pay increase across the board.

Other items you wanted included was an employment guarantee which includes an agreement around TUPE, a new bonus scheme but linked to Diageo’s profits and a substantial increase to your product allowance. 

A full copy of GMB Scotland’s pay claim to Diageo for 2018 can be downloaded here https://tinyurl.com/ya6dpwa3

In the meantime, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us at keir.greenaway@gmb.org.uk / 0131 322 9270 (Edinburgh) and liz.gordon@gmb.org.uk / 01463 233088 (Inverness).

Keir Greenaway                                                         Liz Gordon

GMB Scotland Organiser                                          GMB Scotland Organiser

P.S. GMB is campaigning for a 6% pay rise, employment guarantees, a new bonus scheme and increased product allowance.

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland Whisky & Spirits - Brexit and the defence of jobs

The priority of GMB Scotland is the defence of your interests. We have been busy meeting with the Scottish Whisky Association, representing Whisky & Spirits at STUC, giving evidence in the Scottish Parliament and meeting with the Scottish Parliament Cabinet Member for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work.

GMB Scotland has been campaigning to make sure everyone is aware of the very real concerns for your jobs and communities post-Brexit.

GMB Scotland are concerned by some of the complacency and naivety we have found during our conversations.

We will not sit by while we have the very real threat that politicians in Westminster could throw Scottish Whisky and Spirit jobs under the bus in the pursuit of quick trade deals with the USA and India to save their own political careers.

During our meeting with the Cabinet Member for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work it became apparent they share many of our concerns and we will continue to work with them and pursue every available avenue to protect the Whisky and Spirit industry, your jobs and the communities they support.

We will be writing to each employer to find out their concerns and what steps they will be taking to maximise the protection of Scottish jobs in the Whisky and Spirits sector.

As ever, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me on 0131 322 9270 or email keir.greenaway@gmb.org.uk Please also check-in for regular updates at our dedicated whisky and spirits campaign page: http://www.gmbscotland.org.uk/campaigns/whisky-and-spirits

Keir Greenaway
GMB Scotland Organiser
 

 Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in Diageo – Pay Survey Reminder!

The priority of GMB Scotland is the defence of your interests!

If you haven't already, please take a moment to fill in GMB Scotland Pay Survey for 2018/19.

Please complete online at
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/GMB_Scotland_Diageo_Pay_2018-19 or ask your GMB rep for a paper copy. Complete and return it by Monday 30 April 2018.

It is important that we know what you want from your 2018/19 pay award and that you have had your input in to it.

After the pay survey closing date of 30 April, GMB Scotland will collate the results, provide you with your collective pay claim for 2018/19 and give your claim to Diageo.

GMB Scotland will be meeting with Diageo on 23 and 24 May to negotiate your pay based on your pay claim. GMB Scotland will keep you updated throughout the negotiations.
 
GMB Scotland are currently discussing the replacement Collective Agreement for Evergreen. GMB will update you when we have made progress and you will vote on the outcome of these negotiations.

As always, if you have any issues or questions you can contact us on
0131 322 9270 or via email: diageocampaigns@gmb.org.uk

Members in the Highlands & Islands can also contact our GMB Scotland Organiser Liz Gordon on 01463 233088.

Have your say on your pay!


Keir Greenaway                                         Liz Gordon
G
MB Scotland Organiser                        GMB Scotland Organiser
 

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in Whisky & Spirits Update!

The priority of GMB Scotland is the defence of your interests.

That’s why this morning (Tuesday 17 April) we’ve called on the Scottish trade union movement to come together and fight for the defence of jobs in our whisky and spirits sector.

As you know, against the backdrop of Brexit and future trade renegotiations, we have been pursuing the UK Government for the last eighteen months to bring forward the necessary protections to secure the future for nearly 13,000 jobs dependent on our world class whisky and spirits sector.

With whisky and spirits generating nearly £1.2 billion in exports to the European Union (EU), a significant portion of Scotland’s prosperity is on the line and the UK Government needs to act now, not later.

GMB Scotland also met with the Scottish Whisky Association (13 April). GMB and SWA share a number of concerns around the potential impact of Brexit even though they seem complacent about some of the challenges ahead.

We know that SWA are the representatives of the employers whose primary motive is to profit from Scotland. GMB will look for all allies in the fight to protect your industry and jobs.

You can access a copy of our speech to the STUC Conference here https://tinyurl.com/y7mtjqtv

As ever, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me at keir.greenaway@gmb.org.uk or call 0131 332 9270.

Keir Greenaway
GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in Diageo – Latest updates!

Organiser Changes

Our GMB National Pensions Officer, Keir Greenaway, who many of you will be familiar with, will be taking over from me as our Scottish Organiser for Whisky & Spirits as of Tuesday 3 April.  Liz Gordon will continue as Organiser for our Northern Operations.

Collective Bargaining Update

Discussions remain on-going around the new collective agreement in Diageo and we will let you know when we have a date for the next meeting as soon as it’s confirmed. 

Again, we very much share your frustrations about the protracted time this is taking, largely shaped by factors out with GMB Scotland’s control.

2018/2019 Pay Discussions & Pay Survey

As ever, pay is the priority in the defence of your interests. You will shortly receive a pay survey to gauge your expectations for our 2018/19 pay claim.  We will also shortly be seeking dates from Diageo for initial discussions on the 2018/19 offer. 

Get involved!

It’s never been more important to be a GMB member and to get involved in Scotland’s campaigning trade union.

Please make sure your contact details are fully to up to date with your local GMB reps (particularly mobiles and emails) to make sure you get the latest communications.

And if your colleagues haven’t yet joined a trade union, then they can sign-up today online at: www.gmb.org.uk/join

As always, if you have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact us on 0141 352 8117 (Glasgow), 01463 233088 (Inverness) or email diageocampaigns@gmb.org.uk

Louise Gilmour                                 Liz Gordon

GMB Scotland Organiser                GMB Scotland Organiser

 

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in Diageo – Facilities Management TUPE update

As you are aware discussions have been taken place around the TUPE transfer of facilities management staff to Sodexo. These discussions have been on-going since November and this involves fourteen employees, three of which are represented by GMB.

The current position of our members is that two have requested to be redeployed and will hopefully be in position by the end of March, while one wished to accept a financial package. I expect this to be finalised with the employer shortly.

However, you will now be aware that our sister union Unite has served notice on Diageo to run a consultative ballot, despite GMB and Unite still completing the process to secure the futures’ of those members affected.

Unite’s position, as we understand it, is for a commitment that no employee will be in a TUPE position moving forward and that they are prepared to take industrial action to secure this commitment.

GMB has no desire whatsoever to harm JTU relations but we cannot see a position where Diageo would give such as guarantee and not least in the absence of a binding collective agreement.

Certainly, GMB believes that a new collective agreement - which we have been actively trying to negotiate - gives us the best possible chance to achieve the maximum job security for all our members.

As such, this is where we believe our priorities should lie, particularly as we are still in a process of finalising the futures of our own members affected by this TUPE issue.

GMB representatives will meet again with Diageo tomorrow from 10AM at Blackgrange to discuss the new collective agreement and we hope we will be joined by our colleagues from Unite too.

In the meantime, if you have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact me on 0141 332 8641 or email louise.gilmour@gmb.org.uk

Louise Gilmour
GMB Scotland Senior Organiser

GMB Scotland Whisky & Spirits - Brexit and the defence of jobs

The priority of GMB Scotland is the defence of your interests. It’s why we have been pushing the UK Government very hard over the last year for measures to protect your jobs and industry against the challenges of Brexit.

A recent report commissioned by GMB showed that Scotland’s food and drink sector is our second biggest export industry to the European Union (only oil and gas is greater) and whisky and spirits manufacturing plays a massive part in that success, generating value of £1.2 billion in 2015 alone.

This weekend, and after months of silence from the UK Government about their plans for the future of Scotland’s whisky and spirits industry, we were compelled to campaign publicly for the defence of your interests and the long-term security of your livelihoods.

Let me be clear that GMB isn’t interested in how you voted in the 2016 EU referendum. Whether you were ‘remain’ or ‘leave’, Brexit is happening. But as a result, the conditions under which your industry trades with the EU and the rest of the world will be subject to changes in the near future.

That’s why GMB wants the UK Government to act now to protect over 12,000 jobs in Scotland’s whisky and spirits industry before the post-Brexit trade carve-up. However, we fear there is either complacency or ignorance in government circles about the importance and nature of your work.

Our intervention has already prompted the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) to engage directly with GMB over the challenges of Brexit to you industry and we will be meeting the SWA in the very near future - with the UK Government firmly in our sights.

GMB will also be writing this week to your respective employers requesting meetings at their earliest convenience to discuss their strategy for Brexit and for the security of your jobs against this backdrop of significant change.

As ever, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me on 0141 352 8117 or email louise.gilmour@gmb.org.uk Please also check-in for regular updates at our dedicated whisky and spirits campaign page: http://www.gmbscotland.org.uk/campaigns/whisky-and-spirits

Louise Gilmour

GMB Scotland Senior Organiser

P.S. Our priority is the defence of your interests. See below links for our previous call to the UK Government, copies of our Brexit report and access to this weekend’s publicity:

‘£5 Billion whisky industry must be protected’ - http://www.gmbscotland.org.uk/newsroom/whisky-industry-must-be-protected.html

GMB Scotland Report: ‘Brexit and the Sectors of the Scottish Economy’ - http://www.gmbscotland.org.uk/newsroom/new-brexit-report-signals-bleak-prospects-for-jobs

‘Warning of grave Brexit threat to Scotch whisky industry’- https://tinyurl.com/ycz3zfjz 

Additional Resources

Diageo Your Pay Claim

download pdf367Kb (pdf) - 17 May 2018

Diageo Pay Claim Poster

GMB Scotland Motion to STUC Conference 2018

download pdf279Kb (pdf) - 17 April 2018

Motion 9 – Brexit Impact: Protecting Scotch Whisky and Spirits’ Jobs

Great Western Road (GWR) Manufacturing Agreement - Focus for Success

download pdf0Kb (pdf) - 24 May 2017

GMB Scotland in Edrington – GWR Manufacturing Agreement Issues

Mundell Letter

download pdf36Kb (pdf) - 02 May 2017

GMB Scotland Letter To David Mundell

GMB Scotland Diageo - Workplace Poster

download pdf0Kb (pdf) - 26 January 2017

Defending Your Interests In Diageo

GMB Scotland Diageo

download pdf0Kb (pdf) - 24 January 2017

Download your GMB Scotland - Diageo Pay Survey Poster

GMB Scotland Diageo

download pdf0Kb (pdf) - 24 January 2017

GMB Scotland – Defending our Members in Diageo

Defending Pensions in Diageo – Consultative Ballot Result

download pdf0Kb (pdf) - 21 December 2016

Defending Pensions in Diageo – Consultative Ballot Result Poster

Defending Pensions in Diageo – Consultative Ballot on ACAS offer

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GMB Scotland Response To Letter From Kenny Irwin Diageo

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Letter From Kenny Irwin To GMB Scotland

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Letter From Kenny Irwin To GMB Scotland Regarding Notification Of Ballot For Industrial Action

GMB Scotland Diageo Poster

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GMB Scotland Diageo Vote Yes Flyer

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This Is What Your Pension Looks Like As A Percentage Of Diageo’s Yearly Profit Download The Leaflet Here

ERS Ballot Letter

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Chivas Workplace Poster

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Industrial Action Ballot Poster

DIAGEO PAY CLAIM 2018

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DIAGEO PAY CLAIM 2018