Drinks giant Diageo is axing more than 100 jobs in Scotland due to "Brexit concerns", union says

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Drinks giant Diageo is cutting more than 100 jobs in Scotland due to Brexit concerns, the GMB union said today.

The union said workers were informed today that 70 redundancies will be made at Diageo's Leven plant in Fife and a further 35 at its Shieldhall site near Glasgow.

The maker of Baileys, Smirnoff and Johnnie Walker said the cuts were part of a review process of its spirits bottling business following the disposal of its wine business.

A Diageo spokesperson said: "Regrettably, these changes may impact some roles in our European bottling plants towards the end of the year and we will now enter a period of consultation with our employees and their representatives to discuss the proposals in more detail.

"We are committed to our three spirits bottling sites in Europe – two in Scotland and one in Italy. The outcomes of this review will ensure we have the flexibility to respond to increased competition and external volatility, alongside testing and building the capability we need across our global supply chain to grow our brands."

Union representatives are set to meet the drinks maker early next week, GMB said, where redundancy timeframes are expected to be confirmed.

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GMB Scotland organiser Louise Gilmour said:

"We warned David Mundell and the UK government about the possible impact of Brexit on the future of jobs across our drinks manufacturing sector and about the need for protective measures to safeguard an industry worth billions to the Scottish and UK economies.

"This is a gross betrayal of Scottish workers who have contributed significantly to the remarkable success of Diageo and to the massive economic dividend our economy receives from whisky and white spirits manufacturing."

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