The T & G union have called on the government to sign up to the Information and Consultation directive after Motorola announced the loss of 3,000 jobs in Scotland.
The US mobile phone giant confirmed that it is closing its factory in Bathgate, West Lothian today.
Jimmy Elsby, the T & G union assistant general secretary accused Motorola of riding roughshod over the workforce in West Lothian.
“Once again we are seeing a multi-national sweeping away thousands of jobs with the stroke of a pen. The T & G believe the government could do something with a stroke of its pen and sign up to the Information and Consultation directive to give us some say in the decisions of these global companies,” said Elsby.
Earlier this month, Prime Minister Tony Blair personally intervened by pleading for jobs to be safeguarded when Motorola announced that it was considering job cuts.
The union also accused Motorola of bad practice by failing to inform the workforce of their fate.
“Our members at Motorola have been phoning our office having heard the news of their fate on television and radio. This is a scandalous way to communicate with workers,” added the T & G.
The union accused Motorola of disregarding the feelings of their workforce by refusing to meet up with them before the announcement of the job cuts.