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Everybody out to beat bosses on the glorious twelfth

by Alan Thomson
Issue No. 1914

WORKERS AT the Edrington whisky group in Glasgow were set to strike again on Thursday and Friday of this week.

The company produces Famous Grouse, Cutty Sark, The Macallan and other whisky brands.

Bosses have awarded themselves an 18 percent pay rise but say they can only give workers a 3.5 percent rise if they make other cuts.

Some 94 percent of GMB union members voted to strike against this on a 90 percent turnout.

One worker told Socialist Worker, “Edrington used to say they were a small company and couldn’t afford pay rises for workers.

“Now they own 70 percent of Famous Grouse. Why can’t we get a decent rise?”

Another said, “Twelve people wrote to the managing director to talk about a wage deal.

“The company negotiators are on holiday. We want to negotiate, but is the company listening?”

Management have been trying to use workers from the offices to operate the plant during the strikes.

But engineers are refusing to train them.

Workers are determined to keep up the action.

One said, “No way we’re going back—we’ve come this far.

“The company will have to back down before we do.”

Donations should be made to “Edrington Group Strike Appeal” and sent to GMB, 1-3 Woodside Crescent, Charing Cross, Glasgow G3 7UJ. Messages of support can be emailed to ian.king@

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Sat 14 Aug 2004, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1914
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