Job threat Diageo workers lobby shareholders

Workers from global drinks giant Diageo have lobbied shareholders ahead of the company’s AGM in a bid to avert 900 job losses in Scotland.

The workers pressed Diageo shareholders to ask questions about the restructuring plans, and demanded to see the union’s alternative plan that will keep open Johnnie Walker’s Kilmarnock site, as well as the Port Dundas distillery in Glasgow plants, and avert the huge job losses.

Trade union Unite says the alternative plan is a more humane, cost-effective way for a business of Diageo’s international standing to do business.

The workers, who are also Diageo shareholders, want the details of the workers’ alternative plan – which would save the company some £80m – to be shared with fellow shareholders.

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