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Keeping up the fight for jobs at Johnnie Walker

by Jonathan Shafi
Issue No. 2163

The Fight for the Right to Work campaign organised a successful public meeting in Kilmarnock last week to take the fight to save jobs at the Johnnie Walker whisky plant, which is owned by Diageo, into the town.

Around 20,000 people protested two weeks ago against the plant’s threatened closure.

Speakers included a Diageo worker and Pete Murray of the NUJ journalists’ union national executive

The Vestas occupiers sent a video message to the Diageo workers. Mary Senior of the Scottish TUC sent a message of support.

The meeting was both moving and action-orientated as it discussed building support, setting up more meetings and spreading the campaign into other workplaces.

It reflected the real struggle going on inside the factory.

A tour of Fight for the Right to Work meetings is planned for Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen.

They aims to win solidarity for those resisting the attack on jobs and conditions and to build support for the Rage Against New Labour demonstration at the party’s conference in Brighton in September.

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Tue 4 Aug 2009, 19:27 BST
Issue No. 2163
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