Unite Scotland has today (4 August) pledged to fight for jobs following an announcement by Johnstons of Elgin that 88 jobs are at risk at the textile firm’s Elgin (65 jobs) and Hawick (23 jobs) sites.

Johnstons of Elgin said that it had taken the decision due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the business. The firm manufactures and sells cashmere and fine woollens. It employs about 1,000 people.

In response to the announcement Unite regional officer Graeme Turnbull said: “The announcement by Johnstons of Elgin is a bitter blow for the workers at the firm’s Elgin and Hawick sites. There is now an ongoing redundancy consultation involving the workforce which is scheduled to conclude in October. While at this stage there are no compulsory redundancies, Unite’s efforts will be completely fixed on ensuring that no worker will be forced to leave their role if they wish to stay at the firm.

“We understand the pressures on business due to the Covid-19 pandemic but we ask that Johnstons of Elgin works with us to ensure that we save as many jobs as possible and we stave off in all circumstances any future announcements.”


Notes to editors:

  • Unite Scotland is the country’s biggest and most diverse trade union with around 150,000 members. The union is led in Scotland by Pat Rafferty.