WORKERS AT whisky makers Chivas Regal took part in a third day of strike action on Wednesday of last week. The workers, members of the GMB, AEEU and MSF unions, voted to strike by an overwhelming four to one in an attempt to win a pay rise.
The workers should have been offered a pay rise in February of this year. Instead Chivas management are trying to impose a lump sum payment of £650 for one year on the workforce in place of an annual percentage pay rise. One worker told Socialist Worker, ‘During the summer management were praising the workforce for increasing profit, and this is how they repay us. They are taking the piss!’
At the Chivas plant in Paisley, despite the rain, pickets were out in force. Pickets were also out at Dalmuir and Balgray, and confidence was high. Postal workers and contractors refused to cross the picket line. At a meeting during the strike workers voted to escalate the strikes from one day a week to two.
With Christmas approaching management are getting worried and have agreed to talks. Talks were going on as Socialist Worker went to press.
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