Chivas staff set to strike in row over wages

Evening Times - - NEWS - By CARO­LINE WIL­SON

WORK­ERS at whisky dis­tillers Chivas are to stage a one-day strike over ap­par­ent wage dis­par­i­ties.

Unite the union say some staff at the Kil­malid site in Dum­bar­ton are paid £900 less than work­ers do­ing the same job at the Pais­ley site.

In Novem­ber last year Chivas an­nounced that Pais­ley is to close and work will be trans- ferred to the other site.

Unite say the com­pany has re­neged on a pledge to har­monise pay and con­di­tions cross the two sites as early as pos­si­ble.

The union has now served no­tice on Chivas Kil­malid, for in­dus­trial ac­tion which will take place on Au­gust 7.

This is, in ad­di­tion, to the con­tin­u­ous ban on over­time which be­gan on July 19.

Elaine Dougall, Unite re­gional co­or­di­nat­ing of­fi­cer, said: “The gross dis­par­i­ties be­tween work­ers at Chivas just miles apart do­ing the same job of up to £900 is scan­dalous.

“This is an equal pay is­sue and one which the com­pany must re­solve im­me­di­ately be­fore work­ers trans­fer over to the Kil­malid site.”

“Unite wishes to state that we are will­ing at this late stage to en­gage pos­i­tively with ACAS in or­der to pre­vent in­dus­trial ac­tion.

“How­ever, Chivas must do the hon­ourable thing by pay­ing work­ers the same rate for the job with­out fur­ther de­lays and work with us to get this dis­pute set­tled.”

The Even­ing Times con­tacted the me­dia or­gan­i­sa­tion rep­re­sent­ing Chivas Broth­ers for com­ment but the com­pany did not re­spond.

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