First Minister in bid to save Diageo jobs

First Minister Alex Salmond met with staff of the Johnnie Walker plant, union representatives, local businesses and politicians in Kilmarnock recently as part of the Scottish Government’s campaign to save Diageo jobs in Scotland.

Last month the drinks giant announced plans to close its Kilmarnock facility, with net job losses of up to 500 across the country.

Salmond visited the town to hear the views of those affected by the proposals and to sign the ‘Keep Johnnie Walker in Kilmarnock’ petition.

“Following Diageo’s announcement earlier this month, the Scottish Government has been working hard to safeguard jobs and to ensure Scotland gets the best possible outcome for the company and its staff, says Salmond.“Diageo has committed to a genuine consultation on their proposals and we are working to ensure that the company fully understands the consequences of their decision.

“I would encourage everyone to support the Diageo workforce at this worrying time and add their name to the petition to Keep Johnnie Walker in Kilmarnock.

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