Unite serves notice of official strike action at Chiva...

Unite serves notice of official strike action at Chivas Kilmalid

24 July 2017

The UK’s largest union has accused whisky makers at Chivas Kilmalid in Dumbarton of ignoring the voice of its workforce as it announced a day’s strike action on 7 August.

Unite the union today (Monday 24 July) served notice on Chivas Kilmalid, for industrial action which will take place on 7 August, starting at 06:00 concluding at 07:30 on 8 August. This is, in addition, to the continuous ban on overtime which began on 19 July.

Workers voted to reject the company’s four year deal of a pay offer of 1.5 per cent in year one, followed by an average of CPIH between 2017-2019.

Unite regional coordinating officer Elaine Dougall said: “Our members are angry that this offer which was tabled on 18 July and was rejected overwhelmingly in a ballot by 86 per cent fails to recognise the contribution our members make to the success of Chivas.

“We will continue to press hard for a settlement to this dispute until the eleventh hour but our members are clear, they want to see a significantly improved offer and harmonisation of terms and conditions on the table before they will consider withdrawing from industrial action.”

“This dispute will only be settled if our members get a genuine commitment from the company which is an improvement on its recent  offer. If not, we will continue to act on our members’ wishes, and give them the chance to have a say on possible industrial action, including strike action.”

“Unite would urge Chivas to see sense and improve their offer 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

In 2016, Chivas posted group operating profits of £333 million, with the company awarding the highest paid director a pay increase of 12 per cent bringing the director's pay to £1.04 million. 

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