The chief executive of Diageo was due to meet with union officials at the company's Kilmarnock and Port Dundas sites today (9 November) to outline reasons for the proposed closure of operations there.

In September, the drinks giant announced it was pressing ahead with the closure of the plants - affecting 900 workers across the two sites.

Last month, Diageo workers in Scotland announced plans to vote on strike action in protest at the company's plan to cut around 10% of its Scotch whisky workforce in the country.

A preliminary ballot by the Unite trade union found overwhelming support for a vote on strike action among its members.

Both plants are to be closed as part of the company's restructuring plan.

A spokesperson for Diageo told just-drinks: "Paul Walsh is fulfilling his commitment to visit employees at our Kilmarnock and Port Dundas sites.

"Paul will take the opportunity to listen to the views and concerns of those directly affected, and explain the company's decision to close the sites as part of the restructuring of operations in Scotland."