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Johnnie Walker’s – Diageo axe Christmas hampers for ex-workers

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SCROOGE Diageo bosses are cancelling Christmas for thousands of their former workers.

The penny-pinching drinks giant, with annual profits of £2bn, has decided to save cash by scrapping the festive hampers it sends out to pensioners.

Every year thousands of elderly ex-Diageo workers receive a company hamper containing a couple of bottles and a diary.

The hamper, estimated to cost £30, was part of the package offered to members of the Diageo Retirement Association (DRA), which is not accepting new members from this January.

“It is an absolute disgrace,” said an angry ex-worker, who asked not to be named.

“I am shocked. I spent 40 years of my life working for Johnnie Walker and Diageo grudges sending me a bottle or two for my festive tipple.

“It is pure greed. Does Diageo seriously think that giving us a bottle will affect their profits?”

In the letter to DRA members, Diageo’s pensions director Julie Richards: “We are living through some extremely challenging times and like many companies, it has been necessary for Diageo to respond to the economic climate with a commitment to make dramatic savings and cut operating costs.

“I would like to take this opportunity to advise you that regrettably hampers will not be dispatched in future years.

“This will create major cost savings which can be utilised more effectively and allow the administration team to concentrate on servicing your pension requirements.”

It is reported Diageo chief executive Paul Walsh has promised to save shareholders £120 million in the next year by cutting costs.

Diageo is pressing ahead with plans to shut the Kilmarnock plant and fire its 700 staff .

Doomed staff at the Kilmarnock plant are currently being offered “bribes” including cream cakes and lottery tickets to try and get them to do overtime – before they are sacked.

A Diageo spokesman has defended these actions to boost production.

He stated it was business as normal and was “absolutely appropriate” for bosses to offer employee-led recognition.

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Sunday, November 19, 5:48 pm

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