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Dear GMB member,

GMB Scotland in Tennent’s - Last Ditch Pay talks

GMB reps met with Tennent’s Thursday 21 March at the request of the employer to see if we can reach a negotiated outcome.

We remained clear that you need a pay rise that keeps pace with inflation or it is a real terms pay cut.

GMB now await an improved offer from Tennent’s that is acceptable to you by Wednesday 27 March, if this doesn’t materialise we will be serving notice of industrial action ballot.

Having reviewed the bonus policy there is no clause in it that automatically removes bonus if you take action, we are adamant that if Tennent’s force you in to balloting for industrial action we fully expect the bonus to be honoured.

The pay offer you want and deserve is both easily achievable and affordable for Tennent’s. If we do not receive an acceptable offer next Wednesday, we need to stand collectively through the ballot and action to get what you deserve.

Let's stand together and fight for a fair pay offer in Tennent's.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me at: keir.greenaway@gmb.org.uk / 0131 322 9270 (Edinburgh).

Keir Greenaway
GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB member,

GMB Scotland in Tennent’s - 2019 Pay

On Monday 18 March your GMB reps met with Tennent’s after everyone of you rejected the offer of 2% with an extra 1% (if you met what we all believe to be unrealistic productivity targets).

Tennent’s confirmed that it is now just a 2% increase - a below inflation offer. GMB members should never take a real terms pay cut to help boost profits for shareholders.

You deserve better. Without you there are no profits and expecting you to boost them out of your own pocket is not on.

The direction of travel is clear, if we don’t stand up and be counted this year, your pay will be eroded year on year.

What does a real terms pay cut mean? Well a below inflation pay rise means less money in your pocket for you and your family. Bills will continue to go up faster than your wages leaving you less money.

Tennent’s will tell you that this offer is necessary for them to be competitive. Once you have counted the loss you have felt in product allowance the difference between Tennent’s offer and the 3% is £19,000.

Thats why GMB will commence the process to ballot you for industrial action. If we don’t stand up against the real terms pay cut this year, we can expect this time and time again.

GMB will be in touch to inform you times and dates for the ballot process. It is time to take a stand together for fair pay in Tennent’s.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me at: keir.greenaway@gmb.org.uk / 0131 322 9270 (Edinburgh).

Keir Greenaway
GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB member,

GMB Scotland in Tennent's - Pay Update

Your GMB reps were due to meet with Tennent’s this morning (Friday 8 March) but they informed us earlier in the week that they needed more time to reflect on your unanimous rejection of the pay offer.

GMB have sent dates to reconvene with Tennent’s next week and we will update you as soon as we have had the meeting.

You have been extremely clear through your 100% rejection of Tennent’s pay offer that a below inflation pay rise is completely unacceptable.

The current Tennent’s offer would have made you poorer as it doesn't keep pace with inflation, therefore giving you less disposable income in 2019 than you would have had in 2018 - it is clear you as GMB members are not in the business of accepting real-terms pay cuts.

Please get in touch if you have moved address or changed job title in the last 3 years informing us of your correct address and job title so that we can make sure our membership details are correct.

If any of your colleagues are not receiving GMB emails and text messages, ask them to give their mobile and email to a GMB reps so we can make sure they receive future communications.

Your 100% rejection of the pay offer has sent a strong message back to Tennent's that pay cuts are not acceptable.

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

Keir Greenaway
GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB Member,

GMB Scotland in Tennent's - Pay Ballot

You have voted unanimously to reject Tennent's pay offer.

You agreed with GMB reps that the offer of 2% with potential add-ons was not acceptable.

This offer would have made you poorer as it doesn't keep pace with inflation, therefore giving you less disposable income in 2019 than you would have had in 2018 - it is clear you as GMB members are not in the business of accepting real-terms pay cuts.

GMB met with Tennent's this morning to inform them of the ballot result.

Tennent's will now reflect on your unequivocal rejection of their pay offer, we will meet Friday 8 March to find out if Tennent's position has changed.

Please get in touch if you have moved address or changed job title in the last 3 years informing us of your correct address and job title so that we can make sure our membership details are correct.

If any of your colleagues are not receiving GMB emails and text messages, ask them to give their mobile and email to a GMB reps so we can make sure they receive future communications.

Your 100% rejection of the pay offer has sent a strong message back to Tennent's that pay cuts are not acceptable.

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

Keir Greenaway
GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB Member,

GMB Scotland in Tennent’s - 2019 Pay Ballot

GMB met with Tennent’s on Thursday 21 Feb and we were given a final offer from the employer. Your pay claim is here:  https://tinyurl.com/ya9qfzsn 

The offer is:

  • 2% - pay award (salary, shift and OT) from 1st January 2019
  • 1% - pay award linked to productivity performance measures (15,000 HL/Man) - Paid on F20 achievement (back-dated)

Your GMB representatives made it clear this offer is not acceptable. We explicitly told Tennent’s that anything below a 3% offer with no strings attached would not be acceptable.

The productivity link award will only come through at the end of the year, if you produce more than the brewery has ever done before and either more than you have contracted at the moment or with less man hours than you are currently using. GMB believes this 1% is highly unachievable and could be taken away from you by elements out of your control, such as brewery break downs from not actually being able to cope with that level of production.

The difference between 2% and 3% is £41,000 which is practically nothing for the C&C group. However, for you it’s the difference between keeping your standard of living and a pay cut. Tennent’s have already banked £24,000 due to the cut in beer allowance.

Although it is 50:50 mix between Tennent’s and contract beer production, GMB believe because you are now being asked to produce more than ever you are still producing as much Tennent’s as you have been before. Giving you same the profit on your own brands but with just more contract work.

It’s incredibly important we stand firm against the proposed pay cut and the setting of unreasonable productivity targets.

You must send a strong a message back to Tennent’s with your ballot on this offer, your GMB reps are asking you to reject this unacceptable offer

GMB will ballot members at mass meetings on Wednesday 27 February and give your response to Tennent’s on Thursday 28 February.

Tennent’s pay offer is a pay cut and GMB urges you to Reject! It is not your job to make yourself poorer to make Tennent’s more competitive.

Reject on Wednesday 27 February!

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 me: keir.greenaway@gmb.org.uk / 0131 322 9270 (Edinburgh).

Keir Greenaway
GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB Member,

GMB Scotland in Tennent's - 2019 Pay 

On 13 February GMB met with Tennent's to discuss your 2019 Pay Claim.

GMB discussed the initial offer from Tennent's and how this didn't meet the expectations of you from the information you provided us in your pay survey and pay meetings.

Apart from last year when you reluctantly took a reduced pay offer because of the threat to Minimum Pricing, you have always received around or above RPI, whether over one year or the entirety of a pay deal.

It is important that you receive at least RPI because this protects your level of pay against the prices you have to pay in the shops, at the petrol garage and for your home.

The next meeting with Tennent's to discuss your 2019 pay claim will be on 21 February and as always we will update you afterwards.

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 me: keir.greenaway@gmb.org.uk / 0131 322 9270 (Edinburgh).

Keir Greenaway
GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB member,

GMB Scotland in Tennent’s - 2019 Pay Update

On Friday 25 January GMB met with Tennent’s in the first meeting to negotiate your 2019 pay offer.

Your GMB rep presented your pay claim and all the reasoning behind it that you gave us on your surveys and at the pay meetings.

Tennent’s gave us a business update and ran through the potential challenges in the year ahead.

No offer has been made yet and we will be meeting on Wednesday 13 February for further negotiations about any potential offer from Tennent’s.

When GMB have been given a formal offer we will bring it back to you to vote on.

If you know anyone in the workplace who is not a GMB member, now is a great time to join and the more members we have the stronger you are in the workplace.

If you any questions or comments please contact me, Keir.greenaway@gmb.org.uk or 0131 322 9270.

Keir Greenaway
GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB member,
 
GMB Scotland in Tennent’s - 2019 Pay and Collective Grievance
 
You put together your pay claim before Christmas, https://tinyurl.com/ya9qfzsn and this has been submitted to Tennent’s.
 
On Friday 25 January GMB will be meeting with Tennent’s to negotiate your pay for 2019. We will update you after Friday’s meeting and throughout the process.
 
Once there is an offer from Tennent’s we will make arrangements to ballot you on that offer to see whether you find it acceptable or not.
 
You asked us to put in a collective grievance around product allowance, as your allowance had reduced beyond the taxable benefit of £460 to £432.
 
GMB have met with the employer twice to try and resolve this and we are hopeful to have a resolution to this grievance shortly, which we will communicate with you.
 
If you know anyone in the workplace who is not a GMB member, now is a great time to join and the more members we have the stronger you are in the workplace.
 
If you any questions or comments please contact me, keir.greenaway@gmb.org.uk or 0131 322 9270.
 
Keir Greenaway
GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB member,

GMB Scotland in Tennent’s - 2019 Pay Claim

You filled in your pay surveys as well as taking part in workplace meetings to decide your 2019 pay claim.

You wanted an above inflation pay rise, compensating you for last years pay rise and the removal of half your product allowance.

Your 2019 pay claim is for an increase of 5.3% across all pay and emoluments, click here for 2019 pay claim document.

The process of deciding your pay claim is incredibly important in the democracy of the union and so your employer knows this isn’t an arbitrary number but what you want.

GMB will keep you updated throughout the process of negotiation, you will be the first to know and you will vote on the result of those negotiations.

If you know anyone who isn’t a GMB member, it is important to encourage them to join, the stronger the union is the better your pay rise.

If you any questions about the pay claim or forthcoming pay negotiations, please contact your reps or me keir.greenaway@gmb.org.uk or 0131 322 9270.

Keir Greenaway
GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB member,

GMB Scotland in Tennent's - Product Allowance

GMB met with Tennent's last week to discuss the reduction in product allowance. Unfortunately this was the earliest point that Tennent's could meet with us even though we asked for the meeting weeks ago.

We made it clear how upset and angered you are by this change in product allowance. The explanation for the reduction in product allowance is the introduction of minimum pricing. As we have argued the introduction of minimum pricing only increases the theoretical cost to the company and you would have to therefore pay more tax for the benefit in kind.

By reducing your product allowance Tennent's will be making a saving. GMB have made it clear we want your product allowance increased from its reduced level and/or any saving that Tennent's is making to be returned to you. Tennent's have agreed they will return any saving they make to you, GMB will be involved in making sure that this comes back to you either as increased product allowance or another benefit that you actually want. We expect a further update from Tennent's in the next 2 weeks, which we will communicate to you.

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 me at: keir.greenaway@gmb.org.uk / 0131 322 9270 (Edinburgh)

Keir Greenaway
GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB Member,

GMB Scotland In Tennent's - GMB Requests Meeting With Tennent's On Proposed Cut To Product Allowance

Tennent's have proposed to cut your product allowance in half because of the introduction of minimum pricing. At last year's pay negotiations the pay settlement was lower because of the expected impact of minimum pricing. GMB does not think minimum pricing should continue to have such a large impact on your pay and benefits at Tennent's.

GMB have today written to the employer to request a meeting to discuss their proposal to cut your product allowance. GMB will take the opportunity at this meeting to both understand why Tennent's believes product allowance needs to be cut so harshly and to explain your unhappiness at the proposal.

GMB will campaign to defend your interests in the workplace.

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.

Keir Greenaway
GMB Scotland Organiser

 

Additional Resources

GMB Scotland in Tennent's 2019 Pay Claim Document

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Read GMB Scotland in Tennent's 2019 Pay Claim Document here