The destruction of traditional industries continues: 900 jobs will go with the closure by the international drinks producer Diageo of its Johnnie Walker whisky bottling plant in Kilmarnock, which has been in the town since 1820, and its grain distillery in Port Dundas, Glasgow.
Some of the most colourful demonstrations in any campaign have been seen in Kilmarnock during the summer - with over 20,000 marching on one occasion. Local bands and players from Kilmarnock football club led the demos accompanied by the well known Johnnie Walker character all in red.
The trade unions GMB and Unite have played a central role in the campaign. Glasgow City Chambers has also been the scene of continuing protests, which have received City Council support.
Using mega-sites and cheaper labour abroad is at the core of the company’s quest for maximum sales and profits. So far over 100,000 have signed the petition opposing the closures. Updates are available on www.keepjohnniewalkerinkilmarnock.com