Hun­dreds of work­ers at Scot­tish fac­tory laid off on Christ­mas Eve

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HUN­DREDS OF FAC­TORY work­ers have lost their jobs on Christ­mas Eve and do not know when they will be paid.

Em­ploy­ees at the Ka­iam elec­tri­cal com­po­nents plant in Liv­ingston, Scot­land, were sent home on Thurs­day and told not to re­turn.

The work­ers were then con­vened on Mon­day by ad­min­is­tra­tors who told them there was “no op­tion” but to make 310 of 338 em­ploy­ees re­dun­dant with im­me­di­ate ef­fect.

Lo­cal politi­cians have voiced out­rage at the “dis­grace­ful” treat­ment of staff, and tim­ing of the shock clo­sure.

Com­mu­nity mem­bers have set up a hub for af­fec- ted fam­i­lies and have been tak­ing do­na­tions of su­per­mar­ket vouch­ers, toys and other goods for the fes­tive pe­riod.

On Thurs­day, an em­ployee told BBC Scot­land: “We were all called into a meet­ing and they read out a state­ment from the peo­ple who run the com­pany say­ing there wasn’t enough money to pay the wages.

“The usual pay day is the 27th but it had been brought for­ward to the 21st for Christ­mas but now they say they don’t even know if it will be paid on the 27th. My rent is due in the next few days and I don’t know what I am go­ing to do.”

On Mon­day, joint ad­min­is­tra­tors Blair Nimmo and Alis­tair McAlin­den of KPMG told em­ploy­ees the move had been sparked by de­clin­ing work lev­els, high costs of op­er­a­tion at the site and the ab­sence of cus­tomer or­ders.

The re­main­ing 28 em­ploy­ees have been re­tained to help the joint ad­min­is­tra­tors ex­plore a sale of the busi­ness.

The Scot­tish gov­ern­ment’s Part­ner­ship Ac­tion for Con­tin­u­ing Em­ploy­ment (PACE) pro­gramme, which re­sponds to re­dun­dancy sit­u­a­tions, has been mo­bilised.

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