Edrington workers accept 12% pay rise

By Gwen Ridler

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Unite members at Edrington Distillery accept a 12% pay deal
Unite members at Edrington Distillery accept a 12% pay deal

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Unite members at Edrington Distillers have accepted a 12% pay rise over the course of the year to end a dispute over new shift patterns and unsociable hours.

This pay rise will see workers based at the Drumchapel site receive a boost to their annual income from £2,450 up to £4,900.

About 40 Unite members – including engineers, electricians and boilermen – are set to receive a backdated 3% rise in January with a further 9% to come in April.

‘Achieved a great deal’

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “Unite has achieved a great deal for our members at Edrington Distillers. The 12% pay rise over the year means that some workers will have their income boosted by up to £4,900. Unite does what it says on the tin, we deliver better jobs, pay and conditions for our members.”

Edrington is an international business headquartered in Scotland and has more than two-thirds of its 3,500 employees based overseas. It also has strategic partnerships with Tequila Partida and Wyoming Whiskey.

Unite industrial officer Graham McNab added: “Our members were determined to get what they deserved and in line with industry standards. We are pleased the company seen sense before the dispute escalated to industrial action and this should be a lesson for future negotiations.”

Industrial action

A number of food and drink firms have faced the threat of strike action from union members unhappy with pay rises offered in the middle of the cost of living crisis.

Workers at sausage skin maker Devro’s Scottish plant have voted in favour of strike action​ in a continued dispute over pay. Unite claimed the pay offer did not cover the cost of living increase of 13.4%.

Meanwhile, last month, engineers at Diageo’s plant in Leven resumed strike action as Unite explored legal action against the drinks giant​ in a dispute over contracts and pay.

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