Mobile phone firm Motorola has come under fire from unions for offering free phones to workers axed from the company's Bathgate plant.
The Amalgamated Engineering and Electrical Union (AEEU) today slammed the gesture as an insult to the workers sacked by Motorola.
Around 2000 staff at the West Lothian factory will be axed as of next week.
Motorola is believed to have promised the mobile phones as a "peace-offering".
The company was also criticised by the AEEU because of its attempts to get the sacked staff members to sign a gagging order preventing them from speaking out publicly against Motorola.
A spokesman for the union said that Motorola's actions were an abuse of human rights: "Clearly people are entitled to be critical of the company's behaviour," he said.
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