Union officials have called on the Scottish government to intervene before more jobs are lost in the country's IT manufacturing industry, often referred to as Silicon glen.
Jimmy Farrelly, senior regional industrial organiser at the Transport & General Workers Union (TGWU), slammed Motorola's decision to close its Bathgate facility with the loss of around 3000 jobs.
He also said he feared Compaq's announcement yesterday [Monday] that it would cut another 2000 jobs globally may further impact on the area. Compaq has previously said 700 jobs will be lost in its Ayr and Erskine plants.
Farrelly said discussions with French unions led him to believe that another 500 European jobs will be cut by Compaq.
He also blasted Motorola for its conduct in recent weeks. "Motorola's news is devastating for the local workforce, the local community and the whole of Scotland," he said.
"It is essential that the government now involves all of the key players, including trade unions, in urgent discussions on the future of the industry."
"Three thousand jobs is three thousand too many in a hi-tech industry and economy," Farrelly continued. "This could be a crisis for the Scottish economy as well as a threat to Silicon Glen. It must be a grave concern to everyone that a new industry in Scotland is going the way of the old industries like coal mining, shipbuilding and steel.
"Our members at Motorola, many of whom are on rest-days, have been phoning our office having heard the news of their fate on television and radio. This is a scandalous way to communicate with workers.
"It demonstrates the arrogance of large multi-national firms who come to the UK, benefit from public funds and then treat us with contempt by pulling-out with little thought for the effect on communities who have served them and their shareholders well over the years."
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