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Tunnock’s workers ‘given 8.7% pay rise’

Matt Atherton

By Matt Atherton+

17-Mar-2017
Last updated on 17-Mar-2017 at 11:26 GMT2017-03-17T11:26:17Z

Workers at Tunnock's recieved an 8.7% pay rise over two years (Flickr/Meaning Conference)
Workers at Tunnock's recieved an 8.7% pay rise over two years (Flickr/Meaning Conference)

Confectionery firm Tunnock’s workers will receive an 8.7% pay rise over two years, the Unite union has revealed.

Pay rises of about £1,500 were negotiated for most full-time workers at the Lanarkshire firm, claimed the union. The salary boosts would help workers negotiate growing inflation, it added.

The confectionery manufacturer’s improved pay deal for workers will act as a blueprint for the rest of Scotland, Unite said.

The union’s general secretary Len McCluskey said: “Unite negotiations at the world famous Tunnock’s secured an 8.7% pay increase over two years.

‘Pay is growing at a snail’s pace’

“Inflation is on the rise at a time when pay is growing at a snail’s pace and for many workers not at all. Unite has achieved some real progress in pay for thousands of workers across Scotland.”

Unite revealed the successful pay talks while launching its new online database of improved pay deals for workers in Scotland. The database will give the details of the latest pay deals, so “employers will not be able to make bold claims about their pay offers”, the union said.

Unite said the online tool would help protect workers’ pay packets from any potential Brexit-related impacts.

‘Fallout from the Brexit vote’

McCluskey said: “Unite has also launched a powerful new online tool to help workers protect themselves from attacks on their pay from employers following the fallout of the Brexit vote.

“The new database will give union negotiators unparalleled access to pay data for their region and their industrial sector giving workers more power at the bargaining table with employers.”

No-one from Tunnock’s was available to comment on the pay deal.

Meanwhile, earlier this week Unite revealed its workers at whisky maker Chivas Brothers had voted to reject a 1.5% pay increase offer.

More than 90% of the workers rejected the pay rise, in a long-running dispute. The union said the pay rise “would barely keep pace with inflation, and could see them lose money in real terms”.

Tunnock’s pay rise
  • 8.7% over two years
  • About £1,500 for most full-time staff
  • Will act as “blueprint” for Scotland