LONDON, April 20 Alcoholic drinks giant Diageo
plans to cut roughly 100 jobs in Scotland, at a time
when Britain's workforce is facing uncertainty over the nation's
impending exit from the European Union.
Diageo, the world's largest spirits maker and home to
Johnnie Walker Scotch, Smirnoff vodka and Tanqueray gin, said on
Thursday that it reviewed its European bottling plant footprint
following the disposal of its wine business and subsequent end
of wine bottling contracts.
It said the review was currently estimated to impact around
100 roles in Scotland, toward the end of the year.
"We will now enter a period of consultation with our
employees and their representatives to discuss this and all
these proposals of the business in greater detail," a Diageo
The Scottish arm of Britain's GMB union, which first
reported the news on its website, said workers and unions were
told on Thursday that there would be 70 redundancies at Diageo's
Leven bottling plant in Fife and 35 at its Shieldhall site, near
Diageo has another European bottling plant in Italy.
The GMB union, which says it has 639,000 members in various
sectors, said it warned the UK government’s Scottish Secretary
David Mundell earlier this year about the need for special
measures to protect Scotland's drinks manufacturing sector
amidst the backdrop of Brexit uncertainty.
Scotch whisky is one of Britain's largest food and drink
(Reporting by Martinne Geller; Editing by Elaine Hardcastle)