Unite the union has pledged to do everything it can to support its members at Ethicon in Livingston.
The company – part of the global corporation Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices (JJMD) – today (Thu 9 Mar) announced it would consult on plans to close the plant, with some 400 employees affected.
Unite regional officer Derek Ormston said: “This is shocking news. Many of our members at Ethicon have given long years of service to the company, and to be rewarded in this way will be heart-breaking. There will also be feelings of uncertainty and anger.
“Unite will now consult with our members and work hard to defend their jobs throughout this consultation process.
“We will also be looking for support from politicians and public bodies. Ethicon has received public money to support its operations in Livingston, so they have a special responsibility to the workers.
“Following the closure of Motorola and NEC, this is another major blow to the economy of West Lothian. We can’t go on like this. We need to start asking questions about what kind of economy we want in Scotland and how we can create an industrial strategy that will grow and support manufacturing for the years to come.”
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For more information contact Unite Scotland press officer David Eyre on 07960 451631 / firstname.lastname@example.org