Action called off

Whisky workers suspend strike after Diageo tables new offer

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Distilling will continue while workers are ballotted (pic: Terry Murden)

A strike which threatened to bring production at Scottish distilleries and bottling plants to a halt was called off tonight after a new offer from Diageo.

Members of the GMB and Unite unions will be balloted on the offer which was secured just hours before workers were due to walk out in the first of several days of action.

In a joint statement, GMB Scotland organiser Keir Greenaway and Unite Scotland officer Stevie Deans said: “We are pleased that on the brink of strike action, Diageo tabled an offer that we feel merits our members’ consultation.

“The offer is a two year commitment on pay and also sets out a time frame for the negotiation of a new collective agreement. 

“Our strike action is now suspended while a full consultative ballot of our members takes place on the offer.”

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