Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Diageo whisky workers accept three-year pay deal

Diageo is the world's largest Scotch whisky producer.
Diageo is the world's largest Scotch whisky producer.

Whisky workers at Diageo’s distilleries and bottling plants in Scotland have voted to accept a three-year pay deal.

The agreement includes a 3% salary increase covering the last financial year, then an average of inflation rise for the next two, capped at 3.5%.

It was accepted following ballots of GMB Scotland and Unite Scotland union members at the company, which runs 17 distilleries in and around Speyside and others in the Highlands and on the islands of Skye and Islay.

Some of the company’s brands.

GMB Scotland organiser, Keir Greenaway, said: “This deal delivers some stability for our members, both now and for the years ahead.

“Against the threat of Covid and a damaging tariffs war on the whisky and spirits sector, it’s been a hugely challenging 18 months and ongoing trade reform as a result of Brexit means we must still be on our toes in the weeks and months to come.”

Unite Scotland industrial officer, Bob MacGregor, added: “The deal is a three-year commitment which ensures our members’ pay does not fall below the cost of living.

“It’s an excellent result for our members who have continued to work tirelessly throughout the pandemic boosting Diageo’s profits.

This agreement sets a benchmark for the drinks industry in Scotland which is recovering following the onset of the pandemic and the recent suspension of US tariffs. We hope other companies in the sector will sit up and take notice and treat their workers fairly.”

Between them, the two unions’ membership accounts for nearly half of Diageo’s Scottish workforce of 3,000.

The London-headquartered international drinks giant is the world’s biggest Scotch whisky producer.

With 28 distilleries and two bottling plants in Scotland, its whiskies include world bestseller Johnnie Walker, Bells, and J&B, as well as single malts such as Talisker, Cardhu, and The Singleton.

Cardhu Distillery, in Speyside.

A spokesman for the firm said: “We are pleased that our trade unions have confirmed that their members at our sites in Scotland have voted to accept our pay offer.

The strong pay settlement, negotiated through constructive discussions with both unions, ensures our employees receive an increase on their pay for the next three years, alongside maintaining the competitiveness of our operations.”

In January, Diageo released interim results for the previous six months revealing that its world-wide whisky sales had dropped by 8% as a result of the Covid crisis.

Pre-tax profits at the group, which also produces Guinness, Smirnoff vodka and Baileys liqueur, were down by 8.3% compared to the previous year, at £2.2bn.

This week it emerged that a crippling 25% US tariff on single malt whisky exports is likely to be suspended for five years.

The tax was imposed in 2018 as part of a long-running row between America and the EU over subsidies to aircraft manufacturing giants Boeing and Airbus.

Last month, Diageo officially reopened its renowned Brora Distillery, in Sutherland, which had been closed since 1983.

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]