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Diageo has averted industrial action at its Scottish production facilities after securing a last-minute deal with trade unions.

The strikes were set to affect sites that produce Diageo brands including Gordons gin

The strikes were set to affect sites that produce Diageo brands including Gordon's gin

The spirits group said late yesterday that unions have agreed to an improved offer and have suspended two planned days of strike action. The first strike was reportedly due to start at 2100 last night.

"We are pleased to have reached agreement on a good, fair offer that ensures our employees can receive an increase on their pay while maintaining the competitiveness of our operations," a Diageo spokesperson said.

Members of the GMB and Unite unions who work in Diageo's three Scottish production plants will get a 3% pay rise plus additional benefits in the new two-year deal. Diageo's previous offer was a 2.8% rise, while unions had sought a 5% increase.

The latest deal will go to union members for a consultative ballot.

"We are pleased that on the brink of strike action, Diageo increased its offer to a level that we feel merits our members' consultation," Unite said. "The offer is a two-year commitment that will ensure our members' pay does not fall below the cost of living, while setting out a time frame for the negotiation of a new collective agreement."

The unions had warned the strike action would bring Diageo's Leven, Cameronbridge and Shieldhall facilities to a standstill. The Scottish sites handle bottling, maturation and distillery operations for Diageo brands including Johnnie Walker, Gordon's gin and Smirnoff vodka.

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