Brewery drivers accept improved pay deal

Beer will be flowing this Christmas after drivers at Scottish Courage voted to accept a three-year pay deal and cancelled planned industrial action.

The dispute between the company and the T&G union centred on a controversial plan to recruit new drivers on different pay rates according to which part of Scotland they would be working.

The union said a revised offer, which was made after talks involving Acas, has improved the position for drivers.

It will mean a pay increase of 7.3 per cent for existing drivers, which will take their basic pay to nearly £25,000 by 2006.

Pat Rafferty, T&G regional industrial organiser, said that while new recruits would be paid a different basic rate the deal was an improvement on the original proposals.

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