The groups hopes the talks will be resolved without a strike

The groups hopes the talks will be resolved without a strike

Diageo has said it is hoping to “work together” with a union at one its Canadian bottling plants as the threat of a strike looms. 

Workers at the plant in the town of Amherstburg, Essex County, Ontario, have voted 100% in favour of strike action if their contracts are not agreed by the end of this month, the Windsor Star reported yesterday (6 January). Union officials are reportedly pushing for Diageo to invest in the plant and secure jobs for around 260 of its members. Sixty-six workers are currently laid off, according to the paper. 

Diageo relocated two Crown Royal product lines to plants in the US and Quebec last July, it was reported. 

In a statement to just-drinks today (7 January), a spokeperson for the drinks group said: “Diageo is currently in normal contract negotiations with the Amherstburg union. It’s important that we respect that process, so we are not at liberty to discuss any details. We hope to work together with the union to deliver a contract that will help to enable a sustainable, long-term future for Diageo’s Amherstburg site.”