Strike Looms for Chivas Brothers Scotland Workers

The two trade unions representing employees at Chivas Brothers in Scotland — Unite Scotland and GMB Scotland — announced Tuesday that their members have voted to back strike action at the company’s distilleries in Kilmalid, Dalmuir, Beith, Strathclyde, and Strathisla. As such, 800 laborers are expected to walk out on their positions following a formal ballot.

In the initial ballot put forth by Unite, more than 60 percent of Chivas Brothers employees responded, with 91.2 percent of those workers supporting industrial action. GMB Scotland received a similar response, with 89 percent of employees they represent supporting the strike. If the formal ballot sees the majority of union members voting in favor of industrial action, strikes could occur in December, having the potential to seriously impact orders to hotels, bars, and retail stores over the holiday season.

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