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Employees at three Diageo facilities in Scotland have voted in favour of strike action amid a dispute with the company over pay.

Workers at the Leven, Cameronbridge and Shieldhall plants have voted overwhelmingly in support of industrial action. According to trade union Unite, the move comes after employees were offered a 2.5% pay increase, which the union described as "derisory".

"The recent announcement in July of an increase in pre-tax profits to GBP4.2bn (US$5.09bn) alongside Diageo's refusal to give a fair pay award has rightly infuriated the workers," said Unite regional industrial officer Bob McGregor. "Unite would urge Diageo to get back round the negotiating table with a new offer which fairly rewards its workers who have earned these massive profits for the company."

In response, Diageo said the company hopes to resolve the dispute. "We have well-developed contingency plans in the event of industrial action but remain committed to seeking a resolution and ensuring our employees receive an increase on their pay, alongside maintaining the competitiveness of our operations," said a group spokesperson. "We are a very good employer and aim to ensure our staff are rewarded competitively; our pay and benefits for our bargaining group employees are in the top quartile for manufacturing in Scotland."

Strike action is expected to take place from September to November, Unite said.

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