This is a subject very close to home for me, in fact I live only a ten minute stroll from the site in Kilmarnock and it's 700 employees. Kilmarnock will have no major employers left if Johnnie Walker leaves. The brand started in Kilmarnock, the original Johnnie Walker set up a shop in the town nearly 200 years ago and the business evolved to what it is today.
Now, if the closure was forced because the company is losing money I could understand. But Diageo are raking it in. The closure is happening to due corporate greed. They care not a jot about Kilmarnock or Port Dundas, nor do they care about the generations of workers who have lined their shareholders pockets. I wouldn't normally get involved in any campaign to save a business or site, but this just stinks. They are even hiring temporary workers due to soaring orders.
Show your support. Sign the online petition here or read the online campaign site. (Don't be put off by fat Eck's ugly mug!)
Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power.
For those of you that may be interested, more info on Kilmarnock and it's industrial history can be found here.
Declaration of interest. Kilmarnock is not my home town, we only moved here a couple of years ago and had no intention of staying permanently. To be honest, the town is a dump. But events conspired against us and here we will stay for the rest of our lives.