2.5% offer rejected
Diageo workers balloted for strike action in dispute over pay
Spending on a new Johnnie Walker Experience has been criticised while workers are offered a ‘derisory’ pay offer
Diageo workers are to be balloted for strike action following the overwhelming rejection of a 2.5% pay offer described by the union as “derisory”.
Members of the Unite union voted by 95% opposed the company’s offer following weeks of negotiation.
Diageo, whose brands include Johnnie Walker, Guinness, Smirnoff and Bailey’s, reported an operating profit of almost £4 billion in 2018. The company has also submitted plans for a flagship whisky experience on Edinburgh’s Princes Street, at a cost of £150 million.
Unite regional industrial officer Bob McGregor said: “Diageo appears willing to spend millions creating a whisky shop for Edinburgh’s tourists while offering the workers who built the Diageo brands we all know and recognise, a paltry 2.5%.
“This offer is not only insulting, it’s disgusting given the profits made off the backs of hard working Unite members, who deserve a fairer share of the profits they generate for this hugely successful company.”