Brake Brothers staff secure pay deal

Pay awards

More than 400 employees at food distributors Brake Brothers have accepted a pay deal of between 19.3% and 23.2% increases on the basic hourly wage.

Trade union Unite worked with its members to secure the pay deal, worth over £6,000, for Brake Brothers warehouse workers and distribution drivers based at Newhouse in Motherwell. The deal includes a £300 December bonus and access to an attendance bonus of £750.

Unite will also work with Brake Brothers on its proposals to invest an additional £10 million to extend the Newhouse facility by 50,000 square feet in 2026, which will enable further growth and could see the creation of up to 100 new jobs.

A spokesperson for Brakes said: “We’re very pleased that we have been able to reach a mutually agreeable pay settlement. We’re now focusing on a major programme of investment in Scotland.”

Sharon Graham, general secretary at Unite, added: “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%.”

Pat McIlvogue, industrial officer at Unite, 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.”