Motorola in talks with staff over 3,100 job losses

A consultative forum of Motorola workers and management has met to discuss
the 3,100 job losses at its factory in Scotland.

The Motorola cuts, announced last week, follow Ericsson’s decision to axe 10,000
posts worldwide as the downturn in the US economy continues to bite.

A spokesman for Motorola, which is not unionised, said the company has
already started the consultative process with its workers at its Bathgate
factory in East Lothian, Scotland.

The company has offered legal training to the 15 elected representatives
from the workforce on the consultative forum who met with management including
HR senior managers to look at ways of reducing the impact of redundancies on
the local economy.

These include the organisation of outplacement packages and details of
severance pay.

Swedish firm Ericsson is in the middle of talks with the Amalgamated
Electrical and Engineering Union over plans to cut jobs.

As Personnel Today went to press, a meeting between Ericsson’s management
and union officials took place to discuss the number of jobs in the UK

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