Unite Scotland has secured an inflation busting pay rise of 19% for cask handlers, heavy goods vehicle (HGV), forklift and shunter drivers employed by Carntyne Transport.

Unite had been in dispute with the Springburn (Glasgow) based logistics firm, which is part of the Russell Group. The company employs around 300 workers in total but the pay deal covers an area of the business involving around 200 workers. 

The pay deal ensures a 19% rise on basic hourly pay and there will be a premium on every hour for those working over 9 hours a day of up to 35%. This represents a basic hourly wage rise increase from £12.60 to £15.00, and after 9 hours from £12.60 to £17.00.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: This inflation busting pay deal of 19% on the basic pay is a major victory for our members at Carntyne Transport who led the fight for better jobs, pay and conditions. This deal is yet another example of our members fighting back and driving-up standards across the logistics industry.”

Linda Pollock-Wilson, Unite industrial officer, added: “Unite is delighted to secure a massive 19% increase in the basic pay of workers based at Carntyne Transport. We have managed to secure a minimum £15 an hour for HGV drivers, which was our objective, and a significant increase for other workers including cask handlers, forklift drivers and shunters. This is an excellent deal and demonstrates the power of being a member of Unite.”


Notes to Editors:

Carntyne Transport company accounts for 2020 show pre-tax profits of £3.98 million up from £2.88 million in 2019. A hike of £1.1m equivalent to 38%.

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