Whyte & Mackay consults on Scottish job cuts

04 August, 2009

Whyte & Mackay is undertaking a major review of its organisation which could lead to the loss of up to 85 jobs in Scotland.

Whyte & Mackay is undertaking a major review of its organisation which could lead to the loss of up to 85 jobs in Scotland, OLN has learnt.

Approximately 15 of the company’s sales team working outside Scotland could also be affected.

The Glasgow based spirits company, which has 574 employees, has entered a formal consultation to look at ways of minimising the number of compulsory redundancies.

The company has held meetings over the last week with the relevant Scottish government ministers and officials, including First Minister Alex Salmond.

Opposition parties, Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Development International, and Highland and Islands Enterprise have also been involved in the consultation process.

Chief executive John Beard said: “It is with regret that I have to announce this review and the planned job losses. It will come as no surprise to anybody that a combination of the world wide economic situation and the punitive UK legislative climate means that only the fittest alcoholic drink companies will survive.

"For Whyte & Mackay this means taking the painful decision to review our structures and costs.”

Beard added: “I can confirm that whilst this impacts all of our seven Scottish locations there will be no site closure as a consequence of this decision.

“My priority over the coming days and weeks is to help and assist our staff. We are hopeful that this difficult decision will ensure Whyte & Mackay has a sustainable future going forward, leaving us in a strong position to grow when the UK and global economy improves.”

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