Irn-Bru truck drivers strike again in pay dispute

Staff in Cumbernauld began 24-hour strike action from midnight on September 7.

Workers at a plant manufacturing Scotland’s other national drink are striking again in an ongoing dispute over pay.

Unite the union represents trucker and shunter drivers it says are “essential” to the supply of the company’s world-renowned products, which include Irn-Bru – one of Scotland’s most popular soft drinks.

The workers began 24-hour strike action from midnight on September 7.

Andy Brown, Unite industrial officer said: “A.G. Barr’s conduct during Unite’s pay dispute has left a very sour taste in the mouths of our members. How the CEO, Mr White, can even begin to say with a straight face that our members don’t deserve more than five per cent when he has a remuneration package totalling nearly £1.8m is ludicrous.”

“Our members will continue to fight for fair pay at A.G. Barr, and they deserve the Scottish public’s support in fighting back against corporate greed.”

A spokesperson for AG Barr previously said: “We respect our drivers’ decision to take industrial action, which is their personal choice. We have done nothing to deter or intimidate them.

“We note that Unite has apparently made a report to the Department of Business and Trade. We will of course co-operate in any investigation to provide the necessary evidence.”