When Whyte and Mackay in 2016 started to modernise its distillery in Invergordon they warned of potential future job cuts. The grain distillery in Invergordon dates from the 70s and the £15 million modernisation programme will soon be fully implemented.
The cut of 21 jobs comes as a chock to both employees and GMB Union since they anticipated a small number of cutbacks. Now, loosing 21 jobs means a fifth of the workforce is possibly being let go.
The twist to the story is the staff will have the option to apply for new posts being available at the distillery after the modernisation. A retraining programme is in place, but the staff will have to accept a £10,000 pay cut.
Whyte and Mackay
The Glasgow based Whyte and Mackay was founded in 1884 and is owned since 2014 by Philippines-based Emperador Inc. Scotch whisky brands include Dalmore, Fettercairn, and Jura.