Union chiefs have warned that it will take more than a phone call from the Prime Minister to prevent the loss of 3000 jobs at Motorola's Bathgate plant in Scotland.
Yesterday, Prime Minister Tony Blair spoke with Robert L. Growney, president and chief operating officer at Motorola, for 15 minutes to ask whether the government could do anything to influence a decision on the factory's future.
Motorola was expected to announce the decision today but has postponed it until next week following yesterday's call, according to a Downing Street spokeswoman.
Late yesterday, Motorola announced it lost $206m in the three months to the end of March, on sales of $7.8bn - its first loss in 15 years. The firm has said it plans to cut 22,000 jobs worldwide, of which as many as 7000 could be in the UK.
The Transport and General Worker's Union, which represents staff at the plant, welcomed Blair's intervention but said the company should talk to the union, as well as to the Prime Minister.
Assistant general secretary Jimmy Elsby said: "We are pleased that the Prime Minister found time to place a call to Motorola, but if this is the way we are going to conduct industrial relations in 2001, the Prime Minister will never be off the phone!"
"Motorola need to meet us and talk their problems through, rather than conduct a phoney war of leaks and denials through the media," Elsby added.
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