(Reuters) – Unions at Diageo are demanding a 5% pay rise for workers due to go on strike in Scotland later this month and believe the stoppages will cost the drinks company 1 million pounds ($1.2 million) a day, a source familiar with the matter said.
A Diageo spokeswoman confirmed that the unions had initially demanded 5% pay hikes when talks started in May, but had since come down to 3.5%.
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The source said that the unions “never” agreed to settle at 3.5% and that their previous demand still stood.
Members of Scotland’s Unite and GMB unions, who make up half of Diageo’s 3,000 Scottish workforce, are set to go on rolling strikes at the company’s Cameronbridge, Leven and Shieldhall sites in Scotland between Sept. 17 and 27, after talks with Diageo collapsed last month.
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The unions on Aug. 30 again rejected Diageo’s offer to increase wages by 2.8%, after rejecting a prior offer of 2.5%. Last year, workers received a 3.2% hike.
Bob MacGregor, regional industrial officer of Scottish union Unite, has said previously that production would come to a standstill if the strikes go ahead.
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“We are willing to listen to any offer from the company above what they offered last year… but what our members won’t accept is a pay cut,” MacGregor told Reuters.
The Diageo spokeswoman said the union’s estimate that the strikes...
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