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Dear GMB member,

GMB Scotland in Chivas - Holiday Pay and Product Allowance

GMB have put in a collective grievance on your behalf due to the lack of progress around Holiday Pay.

When you regularly work overtime this should increase the payments you receive when you are on annual leave to reflect the overtime you normally work.

GMB had been hopeful having raised this with Chivas a number of months ago that we would have something in place by now.

Unfortunately, that is not the case and therefore we have lodged the collective grievance so that we can get you the money that some of you will be owed and the correct holiday pay moving forward.

We have also heard your frustrations with your 2018 Total Reward Statement as the product allowance listed is £240. As you are aware GMB has exhausted the grievance procedure and written to the CEO to try to get what we believe you are owed in product allowance.

We have raised with the employer again that we don't think you have received the correct product allowance for 2018 and that by putting £240 on the total reward statement for 2017/18, GMB believes they are inflaming the situation further.

It is important for your union to be successful in fighting for what you want we have as many representatives as possible. If you would be interested in becoming a GMB representative, please get in touch.

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: Consultative Ballot Result – 68.7% Acceptance

Today (Monday 19 November) your GMB Scotland workplace reps counted all ballots cast over your employer’s offer of a 3.2 per cent increase across all pay and allowances.

The result of our consultative ballot is as follows:

  • Accept 68.7 per cent
  • Reject 31.3 per cent

We have been clear that this offer was the best achievable through joint trade union negotiation without the need for an industrial action ballot and at the very least it will ensure your pay matches the cost of living. 

However, the fact that just under one-third of our members did not feel the offer matched their aspirations must be recognised by Diageo as GMB ramps up our campaigning to defend your interests in 2019.

A new collective agreement needs to be negotiated and delivered, while fresh pay talks will be quickly upon us in the New Year – and the employer will be looking to ditch RPI as the bargaining measure of inflation.

We cannot stand still. We need to keep campaigning and growing if we are to take a stronger position on pay and conditions with your employer. So if any of your colleagues are not a union member, they can join GMB today at www.gmb.org.uk/join

As ever, if you have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact I 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 - Workplace meetings

GMB officers will be attending Kilmalid on the 27 and 28 of November. We will be there to discuss with you the latest feedback on Holiday Pay and Product Allowance.

If you do not work at Kilmalid and want a visit arranged for your workplace email us or contact your local rep.

We will be in the canteen at Kilmalid and we are keen to hear from as many of you as possible about what is happening in your workplace.

GMB is here to campaign in your interests. It is through organising collectively and standing up for one another that we will deliver in the workplace..

If you are interested in becoming more active in GMB and helping the GMB win for you and your colleagues please let us know.

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 - New Appointments
 
Edrington have recently appointed 20 new permanent roles. It is great news that Edrington is in the position to create permanent positions.

We understand there has been some frustration about how these roles have been appointed to. GMB has no authority over how Edrington chooses to appoint its staff, we can't tell any employer who they should appoint and we don't wish to.
 
However, we do expect those working for Edrington whether temporary or permanently to be treated with dignity and respect. If you think that the process of the appointments was unfair we can take this up with Edrington.

We have taken the concerns some of you have raised with us and raised them with the employer. GMB have made it clear that those staff who have been on the matrix for a number of years who haven't been appointed to a permanent role will feel disappointed and demoralised. We have also said those who haven't been appointed need to receive support so that they increase their chances of appointment next time.
 
GMB have made Edrington aware that they need to be minded of the morale of those who didn't receive permanent roles this time.

If you are aggrieved by the process, then speak to your GMB reps and we can facilitate a collective grievance for those unhappy with the process.

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 your GMB reps or me at keir.greenaway@gmb.org.uk / 0131 322 9270 (Edinburgh).

Keir Greenaway                                           
GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in Diageo – 2018 Pay Offer ACAS Pay Talks and Ballot

GMB met with Diageo at ACAS on Friday 26 October. After a full day of negotiations, Diageo presented GMB with its final offer:

A 3.2 per cent increase to be applied to all rates and allowances, backdated to 1 July 2018 (please see ACAS document here).

GMB sees this as an improvement on the previous offer as there is a greater increase on the base rate and allowances. The movement from 3 per cent to 3.2 per cent matches the current Retail Price Index (RPI) inflation figure (also the same rate for July 2018).

This means the increase doesn't undercut the cost of living for our members. However, Diageo have removed the increase to product allowance.

Diageo's new offer comes with the recommendation from both GMB and Unite. It is the best achievable offer through negotiation without having to proceed to an industrial action ballot.

Although the offer does falls short of our initial pay claim, it retains the link to RPI and matches the cost of living for our members. GMB believes this is something we can carry forward in our future campaigning and into negotiations for the new collective agreement.

GMB will now ballot you in the workplace or by post to find out whether you accept this new offer from the employer. Please check with your rep or on GMB noticeboards for your workplace ballot timetable.

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 . Dates, time and locations for local workplace ballots will be available from your GMB reps and on noticeboards.

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 and Spirits - Meeting with the Scottish Whisky Association

On Tuesday (23 October) GMB met with the Scottish Whisky Association (SWA) as part of your trade unions continued dialogue with stakeholders in the industry to make sure that you are not forgotten in the process of Brexit.

At this meeting GMB again offered to work with SWA to lobby for the protection of Geographical Indicator status of Scottish Whisky. Only last week were there further headlines indicating that Geographical Indicators were one of the main sticking point in negotiations with the EU.

Without the protection afforded by Geographical Indicators it could be possible for poor and cheap imitations of Scottish Whisky to be sold undermining your industry, your jobs and your communities.

GMB knows that the Brexit debate is almost becoming intolerable with what seems like non-stop coverage and incessant re-positioning. However, it is important that this doesn't stop it being a workplace issue, whatever the outcome of Brexit, GMB will be campaigning in defence of your interests in the workplace.

GMB will not let employers take advantage of Brexit in their pursuit of profit over workers.

If you are interested in becoming more active in your GMB to help us all better defend the interests of you and your colleagues please contact us.

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 - Pay Talks at ACAS

GMB Scotland priority is in defence of your interests. GMB will be meeting with Diageo on Friday 26 October with the meeting facilitated by ACAS.

We hope that we will see real progress in this meeting with ACAS and will be able to bring back to you an offer from Diageo that you find acceptable. We all know that Diageo can afford to give you a pay rise that keeps up with the cost of living and that doesn't make you feel poorer next year.

GMB will send you an update after the meeting on Friday 26 October.

If you have changed address, email, mobile number, job title or workplace please get in touch and let us know your new details or update them yourself at 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 and Holiday Pay

Today GMB have written to the CEO Jean-Christophe Coutures to ask for a meeting regarding the product allowance https://tinyurl.com/y8cf73we. GMB alongside Unite have taken your collective grievance as far as it can go.

The feedback we have received from reps is that you are still not happy that you haven't received the full £240 product allowance you were expecting in 2018.

GMB hopes that we can meet with Jean-Christophe Coutures and find a way forward that you find acceptable.

GMB has also raised the issue of Holiday Pay with Chivas as we don't believe you are currently receiving the right amount. GMB believes that Holiday Pay should be representative of what you normally earn, including overtime and other payments.

Chivas are looking in to whether their current Holiday Pay arrangements are compliant or not with most recent case law and will meet with GMB in late November. As soon as we have this meeting with Chivas you will be the first to know.

The strength of GMB is based on its activists in the workplace, if you want to become more active and help your colleagues, please get in touch.

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 - Collective Agreement Discussions


Today your GMB stewards have shown an act of solidarity to their Unite counterparts from Paisley. Chivas only want to recognise one trade union for operators at Kilmalid even though the smaller workforce of Paisley, where they have recognition with Unite, are slowly moving across.

GMB stewards have done the right thing by committing to support Unite stewards in their endeavour to keep recognition for their Paisley members.

GMB will argue that former Paisley workers keep recognition with Unite even though Kilmalid will remain a GMB site. It is only right we fight for the status quo to remain in place through the closure of Paisley. This will mean those workers moving from Paisley keep exactly the same negotiation and representational rights that they currently enjoy.

No one should try and use the closure to their advantage, not the employer or either trade union. GMB taking this position protects the existing rights of Unite members. GMB wants to carry on the joint work we have successfully undertaken so far by protecting the status quo through the Paisley closure.


If you are interested in getting more involved in the GMB please contact your local GMB rep or reply to this email.

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
GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB member

GMB Scotland in Diageo – 2018 Pay Offer ACAS Talks Confirmed Fri 26 Oct

GMB wrote on your behalf to request Diageo meet with us again to improve their pay offer at ACAS. Read the letter here: https://tinyurl.com/ybzm3ee9

Diageo have agreed to this and we have set Friday 26 October for this meeting.

ACAS will conciliate between both GMB and Diageo. The aim of GMB all the way through the protracted talks and at ACAS is to get to a pay offer that we believe is fair and suitable for recommendation to you.

You made it clear through your conversations with your reps and through our resounding consultative ballot result that the minimum you expect is a pay rise that keeps up with RPI and therefore doesn’t make you poorer.

Diageo can more than afford the pay rise you deserve. We know this and your employer knows this.

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 - We're not going away until we get decent pay


After cancelling pay talks on Thursday, your GMB representatives met to discuss the reaction to this disrespectful behaviour.

The outcome of this meeting is the letter https://tinyurl.com/ybzm3ee9 from your GMB representatives to Diageo management.

Your GMB representatives have given Diageo another chance to meet with us either alone or through ACAS to offer an improved offer. ACAS is an arbitration service that help to mediate between two parties to get to a resolution.

For the avoidance of doubt the pay rise you are asking for is not outlandish, all you want is your pay to keep up with the price of everyday items and bills. Diageo is not an employer who can't afford this, the difference between what you want and what Diageo are offering is change down the back of the sofa for such a massively profitable company.

If Diageo are unprepared to even meet and discuss further, ignoring the massive rejection of the pay offer from GMB members and the offer to find a mutually acceptable solution, then we will begin the process of an industrial action ballot.

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 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) 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 Talks CANCELLED

It is with great dismay that pay talks scheduled for today (Thursday 4 October) have been cancelled by your employer. 

Diageo have informed us that despite their huge profits and your overwhelming rejection of their real terms pay cut offer, they do not want to increase the pay offer to all staff.

The response of the employer is deeply regrettable and your GMB reps will be discussing our next steps today. We will update you as soon as possible on developments.

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 – Pay Negotiations Update!

Yesterday (Wednesday 26 September), GMB alongside Unite met with Diageo to re-start negotiations over your pay.

Everyone involved is looking to conclude negotiations as quickly as possible and although yesterday’s meeting adjourned; we will be reconvening next week on either Wednesday 3 or Thursday 4 October.

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 join Scotland’s campaigning trade union. They can join at www.gmb.org.uk/join

If you are interested in getting more involved in the GMB in your workplace, talk to your local rep or 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 – New Pay Negotiations Confirmed for Wed 26 Sep!

We have informed your employer of your overwhelming 81% rejection of their pay offer. A fresh pay negotiation meeting has been arranged for tomorrow afternoon (Wednesday 26 September), which your GMB representatives will be attending.

The strength and participation of your rejection has put GMB in a stronger negotiating position as you have made it abundantly clear that you know you deserve more than a below inflation pay offer / real terms pay cut.

Last week at the Diageo AGM, CEO Ivan Menezes managed to get shareholder approval for a monstrous 266% increase to his pay and conditions. Meanwhile, UK inflation also rose to 3.5% (RPI), which means the cost of living for the ordinary worker has gone up again.

GMB will be making it clear to Diageo tomorrow that our members deserve their fair share of the wealth. We expect your employer to come forward with a credible pay offer for your full consultation and not one that treats you with contempt.

As always GMB members will be the first to know what is happening and we will send you an update after the meeting concludes or on Thursday morning.

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 join Scotland’s campaigning trade union. They can join at www.gmb.org.uk/join

If you are interested in getting more involved in the GMB in your workplace, talk to your local rep or 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 Outcome

On Wednesday GMB were made aware that Chivas has decided not to uphold your grievance around product allowance, please see their response here https://tinyurl.com/ybnxsjz8

We find this extremely disappointing, it would cost so little for Chivas to rectify the situation and provide the product allowance you agreed on.

We have now exhausted the grievance procedure. Your GMB reps will be meeting in the next few weeks to discuss where we go next to try and get your correct product allowance. Take time to talk to your GMB rep or to respond to this email in the meantime, to let us know exactly how frustrated you are by Chivas unwillingness to stick to what we all agreed.

If you are interested in becoming more active in GMB, reply to this email or talk to your GMB rep.

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 – 2018 Pay Offer Consultative Ballot Result

Our consultative ballot over your 2018 pay offer is now closed and the results have been counted.

We can inform you that GMB members across Diageo have comprehensively rejected the offer by a majority of 81 per cent.

Your GMB officials and reps asked you to reject the below inflation 3 per cent offer and £85 increase to product allowance and you have responded with a clear message that you deserve your fair share of Diageo’s £3.7 billion profits.

We will now inform your employer of our ballot result, urging them to listen to the vast majority of their employees concerns over pay (a majority of members in our sister trade union Unite also rejected the offer) and to bring forward an improved offer that beats the cost of living.

GMB would also like to thank our members for making an extra effort to participate in this ballot, given the employer’s decision to refuse us workplace access to allow you to have your say on your pay offer. Your collective response has been superb.

As ever, we will update you as soon as possible with developments, and if you have any questions at all 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 – Consultative Ballot FINAL REMINDER!

Our priority is the defence of your interests. That is why GMB is recommending strongly that you reject the below inflation pay offer from Diageo and that we campaign for our fair share.

GMB’s consultative ballot over your employer’s offer closes this Monday 17 September at noon – this is your final reminder to vote if you haven’t done so already.

GMB has been consistent and clear in our campaign throughout pay negotiations and this consultative ballot: Diageo can more than afford to pay you more than a below inflation offer. Against the backdrop of eye-watering £3.7 billion profits, it really is that simple.

If we don't reject Diageo's below inflation pay offer this year there will be further below inflation pay offers in years to come, making you feel poorer year on year - while those at the very top get richer and richer. 

It is your democratic right to have your say on your pay offer and that’s why your trade union has done all we can to give you that vote over the last few weeks, despite the barriers to workplace access that were put in place.

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for your overwhelming participation in this process despite the difficulties encountered. But if you haven’t already done so, it is still incredibly important to cast your vote. So don’t delay, vote today!

You employer has confirmed that they are awaiting our ballot result. This will be counted on Tuesday 18 September and we will notify you via SMS and email when the count is completed. 

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

P.S. You deserve your fair share of Diageo's profits – that’s why GMB is urging you to vote to reject the pay offer from Diageo.

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in Diageo - Pay Ballot Update - Why not offer a decent pay rise?

Diageo’s offer of a 3% below inflation pay rise and £85 increase in product allowance will leave you feeling poorer next year than you feel this year.

When talking to us at the ballot box many of you have expressed confusion and anger over why Diageo have offered such a small pay rise.

GMB has no doubt that Diageo can offer you an acceptable pay rise if they wanted to. Profits are up again in 2018 by 3.7% to £3.7 billion - and the CEO Ivan Menezes feels your performance is so 'strong and stable' that he is asking for shareholders to agree a 266% pay rise for himself.

The difference between the offer of 3% and the January RPI of 4% which your pay increase has been based on for the last 18 years is equivalent to 0.025% of Diageo’s profit.

If everyone in Scotland that GMB negotiate for were to share the pay increase Ivan Menezes is asking for it would be equivalent to over a 6.1% pay increase per member.

The only logical conclusion is that Diageo can afford to give you at least an RPI Pay rise but corporate greed means they are trying to put the squeeze on your wages. You can’t afford to allow corporate greed to come before your wages, otherwise you will see your quality of life reduce.

You deserve your fair share of Diageo's profits. This is why GMB is urging you to vote to reject the pay offer from Diageo.

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 - Pay Ballot Update - Why is RPI important?

The priority of GMB Scotland is the defence of your interests. That’s why we are giving our members their say on pay by conducting a consultative ballot over Diageo’s pay offer.

When conducting our ballot outside Diageo sites this week and last, many members have asked me about the role of the Retail Price Index (RPI) inflation measurement in our pay negotiations and in the pay offer.

Diageo has paid at least the equivalent to the January RPI figure for the last 18 years. That means your employer’s offer of 3 per cent is below the January 2018 RPI figure of 4 per cent - and lower than any RPI figure for the whole of last year.

But why is RPI important? For the avoidance of any doubt, RPI is a measure of inflation.

It measures how much the price of everything you have to pay for has gone up. RPI includes lots of everyday items as well as housing costs; it brings all these together to work out how much the cost of everything has gone up.

So for example July's RPI of 3.2% includes the following price rises: Petrol 12.5%; Electricity 7.4%; Clothing 5.6%; Bread 5.3%; Milk 4.3%; and Gas 4.2%.

If your wages don't keep up with RPI it means you can afford less. If you can afford less, you are having a real-terms pay cut and your standard of living will decrease.

So, in short, if your pay rise is below RPI you will feel poorer next year than you did this year.

Your GMB representatives do not believe Diageo's move away from offering a pay rise that is at least in line with RPI is a one off. And it’s a precedent we do not want to entertain either.

Against the backdrop of operating profits worth £3.7 billion, Diageo can more than afford an above inflation pay offer for its hard-working employees.

GMB does not believe that as an employee of one of the biggest and most profitable companies in the world, you should have to accept a real terms pay cut.

And that is why we are asking you to reject the Diageo pay offer.

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 – Response to Diageo Wage Negotiation Update of 29 Aug

We have received a copy of the employee communication distributed by Diageo concerning the wage negotiations over your pay (see below).

In light of this GMB will take this opportunity to respond to the specific points made by the employer.

Let’s be clear, we do not want to get involved in a tit-for-tat exchange with your employer, but neither can we leave some of the points unchallenged.

Again, as per our communication of yesterday afternoon, our message to Diageo is clear:

Stop shifting the goalposts and let our members have their say on pay in the workplace.

In the meantime, please keep checking your mobiles and emails for the latest developments on your pay and consultative ballot.

Keir Greenaway                                                         Liz Gordon

GMB Scotland Organiser                                         GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in Diageo – Why we are running a consultative ballot over pay in Diageo and asking you to #Reject

We understand that there has been some confusion among the membership about the consultative ballot over your pay offer and indeed, over the current status of the pay offer. Let’s take this chance to clarify the situation.

The priority of GMB Scotland is the defence of your interests. That’s why we moved to launch a consultative ballot over the employer’s 3 per cent offer following the close of talks last week – a process we always undertake with every pay offer or change to conditions.

It is only right and fair that our members can judge whether their employer’s offer is acceptable or unacceptable. It’s basic industrial democracy; we always want our members to have the final say on their pay and conditions.

That’s why Diageo’s decision to revoke GMB’s access to ballot our members in the workplace was an unnecessary action on the part of the employer. Furthermore, withdrawing the offer from GMB members after our reps recommend rejection is just short-sighted.

Your vote is vital, we need to know what you think of the 3% Pay offer and £85 product allowance increase. Your opinion will shape our union’s next steps.

It is also only fair that a trade union can make a recommendation to its members on an offer without fear of prejudice on the part of the employer. We believe Diageo can do better than their current offer.

This is exactly what your GMB reps told your employer today (Thursday 30 August) in a meeting at Blackgrange.

GMB members look to us for advocacy and support, and that is what we are doing. You gave us a clear instruction, as reflected in our pay claim to Diageo, to negotiate a pay increase that tackles the cost of living. This is why GMB is campaigning for a fair share of Diageo’s profit for our members and it’s why we are asking you to the reject the offer.

So our message to Diageo as of this afternoon is straight-forward: Stop shifting the goalposts and let our members have their say on pay in the workplace.

In the meantime, we have informed the employer that we are ready and willing to talk at any time and, as always, we will update you immediately on developments as they happen.

Keir Greenaway                          Liz Gordon
GMB Scotland Organiser          GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in Diageo: Important Pay & Consultative Ballot Update!

Question: When is a pay offer not a pay offer? Answer: When it’s an imposition.

Diageo have written to inform GMB that they will not allow GMB Scotland to ballot its members on the employer’s pay offer.

As of yesterday (Monday 27 August), GMB have been informed that we can't ballot on the below inflation offer as it is no longer on the table. This is because we have recommended our members reject it.

Irrespective of Diageo’s attempts to obstruct GMB from consulting our members in the workplace, we will still be at your sites later this week and next, and we will stand at the gates with the ballot box instead. GMB will inform you when and where we will be.

It seems Diageo’s position means that if members of our sister trade union vote to accept the deal, Diageo will impose the offer. If they reject it, the offer will still be imposed.

In short, what your employer is telling us is that employees either accept their below inflation offer or they will impose it on them.

This is a ridiculous development. Let’s be absolutely clear that by imposing this offer and blocking a recognised trade union from consulting its members, Diageo is attempting to end pay negotiations.

We have requested that Diageo drop this barrier and allow GMB Scotland to ballot in the workplace. If not we will ballot outside. The offer affects your livelihood and no employer tactic to prevent you having your say will stop GMB balloting.

Let’s campaign for our fair share of Diageo’s £3.7 billion profits and let’s reject their below inflation pay imposition. 

Keir Greenaway                              Liz Gordon

GMB Scotland Organiser             GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in Diageo: REJECT Diageo’s below inflation pay offer - Consultative ballot Wed 29 Aug to Mon 17 Sep

The priority of GMB Scotland is the defence of your interests. That’s why we have been in negotiations with your employer over your 2018/19 pay offer.

On Thursday 23 August, your employer tabled their final offer to your GMB negotiating team: 3 per cent plus an increase in product allowance to £350. 

This offer will be subject to a full consultative ballot of our GMB members, which will run from Wednesday 29 August until Monday 17 September.

GMB will strongly recommend that our members REJECT Diageo’s offer.

This offer falls well short of the January 2018 Retail Price Index (RPI) of 4 per cent, (the base for pay increases in Diageo for nearly 20 years). It also falls well short of your demands for an above inflation pay increase, as established in our pay survey https://tinyurl.com/ya6dpwa3

Diageo’s operating profits have increased by 3.7 per cent to £3.7 billion in the last year. The Chief Executive’s basic rate of pay is sixty-seven times more than the average worker - Ivan Menezes has hailed your company as “strong and stable”. 

Your employer has also refused to give any assurances whatsoever on job security for the future. Under these circumstances, GMB can see no credible alternative than to recommend a rejection of this offer.

If we do not take a stand against Diageo’s offer now then it will be the law of diminishing returns in future pay negotiations, starting with the loss of the principle of a minimum RPI award that at least meets the cost of living.

A strong and stable employer generating billions of pounds in profit can more than afford to deliver a fair share of spoils to its workers and secure employment for the foreseeable future. That Diageo are offering neither is shameful.

It is also shameful that Diageo is trying to stop GMB balloting you on the pay offer that they have put out to consultation; an attempt to prevent us from defending your interests.

This is because your GMB reps told your employer at the close of talks that they can do much better than a below inflation offer for you, that we will recommend rejection of the offer and campaign for your fair share of the £3.7 billion profits.

Only GMB members will be eligible to vote in our ballot but non-members can join GMB today at www.gmb.org.uk/join

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 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

ACAS Joint Trade Unions And Diageo Agreement On 2018 Wage Setttlement

download pdf34Kb (pdf) - 01 November 2018

Read the full agreement here

GMB Letter to Chivas CEO Jean-Christophe Coutures

download pdf32Kb (pdf) - 19 October 2018

GMB Scotland in Chivas - Product Allowance and Holiday Pay Letter to Chivas CEO Jean-Christophe Coutures for Keir Greenaway, GMB Scotland Organiser

GMB Scotland Letter to Kenny Irwin - Diageo Pay Offer

download pdf184Kb (pdf) - 05 October 2018

Read GMB Scotland's letter to Kenny Irwin here

Chivas Product Allowance Response Letter

download pdf99Kb (pdf) - 20 September 2018

Chivas has decided not to uphold your grievance around product allowance, please see their response here

GMB Response to Diageo Communication

download pdf468Kb (pdf) - 31 August 2018

Diageo: Diageo is offering our employees a pay package increase equal to 3.2%.

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

download pdf0Kb (pdf) - 05 December 2016

Latest ACAS Offer

GMB Scotland Response To Letter From Kenny Irwin Diageo

download pdf0Kb (pdf) - 04 November 2016

Read GMB Scotland's Response to Kenny Irwin's Letter

Letter From Kenny Irwin To GMB Scotland

download pdf0Kb (pdf) - 04 November 2016

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

GMB Scotland Diageo Poster

download pdf0Kb (pdf) - 04 November 2016

Download GMB Scotland's Poster Here

GMB Scotland Diageo Vote Yes Flyer

download pdf0Kb (pdf) - 04 November 2016

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

ERS Ballot Letter

download pdf0Kb (pdf) - 03 November 2016

You will recieve a copy of this brief in your Industrial Action Ballot

Chivas Workplace Poster

download pdf0Kb (pdf) - 12 June 2017

Industrial Action Ballot Poster

DIAGEO PAY CLAIM 2018

download pdf158Kb (pdf) - 12 June 2018

DIAGEO PAY CLAIM 2018