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Diageo workers balloted for strike action in dispute over pay

Johnnie Walker Experience

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.”

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