Diageo Scotland strike action suspended after new offer

Strike action has been suspended across Diageo’s Scottish operations after both Unite and GMB Scotland unions came to an agreement with the Johnnie Walker maker last night (Tuesday). Diageo faced disruption to its Scottish distilleries and bottling plant from yesterday (17 September) as workers walked out over pay disputes. On 23 August, 80.5% of GMB Scotland members at Diageo voted in favour of strike action after rejecting a 2.8% “final offer” pay increase for more…

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F1 stars help Diageo reach 20m anti-drink driving pledges

Formula One drivers have helped Diageo receive more than 20 million consumer pledges to never drive while under the influence of alcohol as part of its global Join the Pact campaign. Johnnie Walker owner Diageo launched the campaign in 2008 and has since gained support through Formula One partnerships, including F1 world champion Mika Häkkinen, who is one of two drivers who have become the face of the campaign. Figures from the World Health Organization’s…

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Johnnie Walker releases Song of Fire and Ice whiskies

Blended Scotch Johnnie Walker has revealed further details of its new Game of Thrones-inspired whiskies, which were influenced by House Stark and House Targaryen. In June this year, Johnnie Walker’s Twitter account teased the release of the limited edition A Song of Ice and A Song of Fire whiskies with a short video. Inspired by House Stark, A Song of Ice features single malts from Clynelish Distillery in the Highlands and is said to have…

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Japanese whisky and gin drive spirits sales in GTR

Total spirits volume in the global travel retail channel grew 2.5% last year, boosted by double-digit gains from Japanese whisky and gin, according to new IWSR figures. In 2018, spirits volume in the channel reached 24.5 million nine-litre cases, with a value of US$9.2 billion. The IWSR said the categories that posted the largest volume increases were Japanese whisky, which increased by almost 20%, followed by gin (15%), Scotch (4.9%) and American whiskey (4.3%). Over…

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Diageo workers threaten strikes after ‘insulting’ pay offer

Johnnie Walker owner Diageo could be hit by strike action from its Scottish workforce following the “overwhelming” rejection of an “insulting” pay offer. Yesterday (16 July), trade union Unite Scotland confirmed it would move to ballot its members who work across Diageo’s Scottish operations for strike action. The ballot comes after 95% of the firm’s Scottish workers rejected the UK drinks giant’s pay offer of 2.5% increase after weeks of negotiations. Unite also said the…

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