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Chivas Brothers Workers Ratify New Contract

Members of Unite and GMB Scotland have voted overwhelmingly to accept a revised contract offer from Chivas Brothers, the Scotch Whisky unit of Pernod Ricard. The two-year contract covers about half of Chivas Brothers’ 1,500 employees around Scotland, and includes a 6.4% pay raise previously rejected by union members in October.

The revised offer makes the pay raise retroactive to July 1, while adding an additional pay hike in the second year of the contract tied to the inflation rate. In addition, workers will each receive a £500 one-time bonus payment.

In a statement announcing the results of the vote, Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said “It was only down to the fact that our 500-strong membership at Chivas Brothers were prepared to fight and take strike action that the company came back to the negotiating table. The pay deal is another example of Unite delivering better jobs, pay and conditions for its members.”

A Chivas Brothers spokesperson said “We are pleased that following the latest ballot, employees covered by bargaining agreements have now voted to accept our revised proposal, which avoids unnecessary strike action. The new deal includes an acceptance of our original pay proposal and enhanced benefits, along with the security of a two-year agreement.”

Chivas Brothers brands include The Glenlivet, Aberlour, Ballantine’s, and Royal Salute.