WORKERS AT Scottish & Newcastle's Fountain Brewery in Edinburgh were outraged enough about the company's decision to close the plant even before the news this week that the company's profits in the eight months to 31 December rose to £471 million. The Transport and General Workers Union (TGWU), the largest union in the brewing industry, has stated its opposition to the closure of the profitable brewery and pledged its support for the members' campaign to keep it open.
'The increasing profits in S&N come at a price to the workforce to create a benefit for shareholders,' said Brian Revell, TGWU national organiser. 'Our members in Edinburgh are facing compulsory redundancy, and this week's news will only serve to strengthen their determination to oppose closure and save jobs.' The union officials' campaign must be more than froth. They should be encouraging action up to and including occupation to stop the closure.