Drinks workers toast 10 per cent pay rise

Workers
at Diageo, the world’s largest drinks company, have been given a 10 per cent
pay increase.

An
agreement between the company and trade union GMB Scotland will see the rise
phased in over three years and also includes a ‘no compulsory redundancies’
clause, securing thousands of Scottish jobs until 2006.

Robert
Parker, regional secretary of GMB Scotland said: "Our members at Diageo
are absolutely delighted with this deal, which is groundbreaking in the
Scottish drinks industry. It takes them right to the top of the heap."

Diageo’s
products include Guinness, Bacardi rum, Smirnoff vodka, Bailey’s Irish Cream
Liqueur, Johnnie Walker Black Label and a number of Speyside malt whiskies.

By Quentin Reade

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