Whisky And Spirits Workers Accept Improved Offer From Chivas After Pay Freeze Fight
Following a consultative ballot of its members across Chivas’ Scottish operations, GMB members have today (Friday 18 June) voted to accept an improved offer from the company by a majority of over four-fifths (86 per cent).
Following months of dispute over an attempted pay freeze by the drinks manufacturing giant, a deal has now been reached which will deliver a 2.5 per cent increase on the basic rate of pay from 2021 and CPI or CPIH (whichever is higher) or a minimum of 2 per cent for 2022.
The result averts the threat of strike action across Chivas this summer (see Notes to Editors).
GMB Scotland Organiser Keir Greenaway said:
“GMB told Chivas that workers across Scotland couldn’t be the poor relations of the Pernod Ricard family, not after their continuous production throughout this COVID-19 pandemic.
“Chivas have listened to the workers’ voice and our members have now voted to accept an improved offer on their pay and conditions for the next year.
“This will provide some stability in these uncertain times for our members, but rest assured we will continue to campaign and organise to make work better for them.”
Contact: GMB Scotland Organiser Keir Greenaway on 07855 017842 or GMB Scotland Communications on 07976 447077.
Notes to Editors:
“Strike action looms at whisky maker Chivas Brothers”, 10 May 2021, access at: <<https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-57024582>>