Unite the union today (28 July) has released figures highlighting potential gross wage disparities up to £900 between Chivas workers on the same grade across the Kilmalid and Paisley sites. In November last year Chivas told workers that the Paisley site would close and the work would be transferred to Kilmalid.
The figures obtained by Unite show that the Kilmalid site workers would suffer wage differentials of (£837.50) for those at Level 3 and (£896.50) for Level 4 over the course of 2017 when taking into account the last wage offer. Chivas tabled an offer on 18 July at Acas of 1.9 per cent which was overwhelmingly rejected.
Unite has repeatedly urged the company to implement the harmonisation of pay and conditions with immediate effect. However, the company insisted that the harmonisation would not take effect until 2018 despite the company previously issuing a letter in 2005 to all employees stating harmonisation of pay and conditions would occur across the two sites as early as possible.
Unite has served notice on Chivas Kilmalid, for industrial action which will take place on 7 August. This is, in addition, to the continuous ban on overtime which began on 19 July.
Unite regional coordinating officer Elaine Dougall said: “The gross disparities between workers at Chivas just miles apart doing the same job of up to £900 is scandalous. This is an equal pay issue and one which the company must resolve immediately before workers transfer over to the Kilmalid site.”
“Unite wishes to state that we are willing at this late stage to engage positively with ACAS in order to prevent industrial action. However, Chivas must do the honourable thing by paying workers the same rate for the job without further delays and work with us to get this dispute settled.”
For further information or comment contact Unite regional coordinating officer Elaine Dougall on 07810157904
Notes to editors:
Over the terms of the last pay deal Chivas has made over £1.3 billion in profits which is equal to over £200,000 per year per employee.
Over the same period, Chivas has paid over £1.2 billion in dividends to parent companies.
- Unite Scotland is the country’s biggest and most diverse trade union with 150,000 members across the economy. The union is led in Scotland by Pat Rafferty.