Unite Scotland has today (5 February) announced a significant pay rise for workers at the Whyte and MacKay distilleries in Scotland along with the company pledging to become a Real Living Wage employer. The pay deal, which is an above inflation pay rise for the next three years and includes the pay out of a 5 per cent company bonus, will see a number of improvements to the terms of conditions of around 200 workers across the whisky giant’s sites at Grangemouth, Invergordon and Dalmore distilleries. 

Bob Macgregor, Unite industrial officer, said: “The above inflation wage rise over three years is a significant result for workers based at Whyte and Mackay’s sites in Scotland. It will mean the pay and the terms and conditions of around 200 workers will be improved.  We are also delighted that the company has also confirmed their commitment to being a Real Living Wage employer. Unite’s members have continued to work throughout the pandemic and we are pleased that they have had a pay award which reflects this hard work. We hope other drinks industry firms take a leaf out of Whyte and Mackay’s books by properly awarding their workforces.”