Diageo strikes suspended after new offer tabled

Whisky and spirits giant Diageo said late on Tuesday that following further negotiationss, its improved offer has been recommended for acceptance by both the GMB and Unite unions and strike action has been suspended.

“We are pleased to have reached agreement on a good, fair offer that ensures our employees can receive an increase on their pay while maintaining the competitiveness of our operations,” said Diageo.

Diageo had been facing the possibility of disruption to its substantial Scottish operations after unions announced a planned series of strikes in a dispute over pay.

GMB Scotland Organiser Keir Greenaway and Unite Scotland Officer Stevie Deans said in a joint statement: “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.”