Redundancies at Christmas

Job fears in West Lothian… jobs lost in Glasgow and Aberdeen

Neil Findlay, Scottish Labour,

Neil Findlay: ‘very concerned’ (pic: Terry Murden)


Hundreds of workers have been laid off or fear redundancy in a series of major blows across Scotland just days before Christmas.

Workers at a data centre components plant in West Lothian were anxiously waiting to hear if they would be paid after being told not to turn up for work today.

Redundancies are expected among the 350 staff at the Livingston manufacturing arm of California-based Kaiam.

Lothians MSP Neil Findlay and Livingston MP Hannah Bardell have been in discussions with some of those affected.

He said: “I am very concerned about the news regarding workers at Kaiam in Livingston. These are hundreds of hard working people being left in the lurch before Christmas with no knowledge of what will happen with their jobs.

“I have been in touch with Scottish Enterprise and West Lothian Council, and will update constituents with more information when we have it.”

One Kaiam worker tweeted: “We all got sent home today and we were told that we might not get paid in December. We were due to get paid 21st. Pay offs in January. Very worrying for 350 staff.”

The Livingston operation is based in the former Kymata premises and makes components and modules for the telecom and data centre markets.

The company’s move into Livingston was supported by a grant of £850,000 from Scottish Enterprise.

107 jobs lost at Aberdeen M&E installation firm

Aberdeen-based mechanical and electrical installation firm Richard Irvin has collapsed with the loss of 93 jobs in the city and a further 14 in Glasgow and Dundee.

A further 337 jobs have been saved after its facilities management arm was sold to a private investment business.

Joint administrator Fiona Taylor at EY, said: “Declining trading conditions, together with increased political and economic uncertainty, resulted in reduced profitability and severe cash flow pressures.

“Various options have been explored by the directors to address challenges faced by the company, including advanced negotiations for a solvent sale.

“Unfortunately none of these options were ultimately successful and the directors therefore took the decision to appoint administrators to help safeguard elements of the business. This has been achieved through the sale of the FM business.”

46 jobs lost as Glasgow engineer collapses

Walker MacLeod, an engineering company in Yoker, Glasgow, has collapsed with the loss of 46 jobs after seeing a downturn in trading.

The 37-year-old business supplied metal fabrications and electrical installation services to industrial and commercial enterprises.

Stuart Robb of Leonard Curtis Business Rescue & Recovery has been appointed provisional liquidator.

Due to significant supplier pressure and high fixed operating costs, Walker MacLeod has now ceased trading and the provisional liquidator will take steps to wind down its operations.

Mr Robb commented: “Having assessed the financial position, we have taken the difficult decision to cease trading with immediate effect.

“Our efforts will now be focused on providing the affected employees with the appropriate support whilst seeking to maximise realisations for the benefit of the company’s creditors.”

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