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    North Lanarkshire wholesaler’s workers secure substantial pay rise

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    More than 400 staff at a Motherwell-based wholesaler is set to get a substantial pay rise following “constructive” negotiations between the union and management.

    Workers at Brake Brothers in the North Lanarkshire town will take home an increase of between 19.3 per cent and 23.2 per cent.

    The deal also includes the creation of a £300 December bonus and access to an attendance bonus of £750.

    Sharon Graham, the general secretary of Unite, commented, “Some workers will receive a rise of up to 23.2 per cent – Unite does what it says on the tin, we deliver better jobs, pay and conditions for our members.”

    “The Brake Brothers wage deal is an excellent example of how is Unite negotiating a substantial pay increase for our members. Some workers will receive a rise of up to 23.2 per cent. Unite does what it says on the tin, we deliver better jobs, pay and conditions for our members.”

    Brake Brothers provides wholesale food distribution services from the Newhouse facility to the hospitality as well as retail sectors. The line products include dairy, fresh produce, fish and seafood, snacks, drinks and alcohol.

    Unite has also agreed to work with Brake Brothers on its development plans which would see an additional £10m invested on a site extension for 2026. The investment is designed to extend the Newhouse facility by 50,000 square feet to enable the company’s growth in Scotland and could see the creation of up to 100 new jobs.

    Unite industrial officer Pat McIlvogue said, “Unite is delighted to deliver a major pay victory for over 400 workers at Brake Brothers.  The pay offer was made following constructive negotiations with the company after our emphatic mandate for industrial action at the Newhouse facility. 

    “Unite will also work with Brake Brothers on its proposals to secure £10m of investment into an extension of the facility which could create a further 100 jobs on site.”

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