Members of Scotland’s largest union, Unite, have voted overwhelmingly to take industrial action following the breakdown of talks at Acas.
In an industrial action ballot of members at the Chivas site at Paisley members voted by 76.4 per cent for strike action and 81.9 per cent for action short of strike. At Kilmalid in Dumbarton, members voted by 90.8 per cent for strike action and 98.5 per cent for action short of strike. This is an overwhelming rejection of the offer put forward by Chivas earlier this month.
This rejection comes after talks to avert a dispute which took place at the conciliation service Acas, failed.
Unite regional coordinating officer Elaine Dougall said: “We believe our claim for a decent pay increase and harmonisation of pay between sites was both reasonable and affordable.
“The fact that the company first refused to improve its initial offer, were then forced to talks at Acas and then brought nothing new to the table shows what little respect the company has for the rules of negotiation.
“We are also disappointed that the company has failed to recognise the contribution our members make towards the successful brand that Chivas is today, by awarding a pay increase that reflects that.
“Unite deals with many companies on a daily basis. The ones that respect their workforce and rewards them fairly reap the benefits of that relationship. Those that don’t seem hell bent on confrontation. But so be it.
“However we would remind Chivas that the door remains open for an eleventh hour reprieve from this action. We would say to Chivas management, come back to the table with an offer that is fair and reflects the hard work and commitment of our members and this action can be halted.”
For further information contact Elaine Dougall on 07810157904 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to editors:
Unite will advise Chivas of the dates of strike action in due course.
- Chivas is owned by French drinks company Pernod Ricard.
- The profit per employee for 2016 is £171,000
- The company plans to invest £40m in a new state-of-the-art facilities at Kilmalid in Dumbarton and close the site in Paisley by 2019
- In 2016 Chivas posted group operating profits of £333 million, with the company awarding the highest paid Director a pay increase in 2016 of 12 per cent bringing the Directors pay to £1.04 million.
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. Twitter: @UniteScotland Facebook: UniteScotland