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02 April 2002

Scottish manufacturing goes into free fall
News of naval base job losses on the Clyde comes as a new survey shows over 18,000 Scottish manufacturing jobs have gone in the last 14 months.

Labour Research magazine tracked 18,374 redundancy announcements in Scotland between January 2001 and end-February this year. Over four in 10 of the losses - nearly 7,400 jobs - were accounted for by just four companies.

The worst hit workforce was at US multinational Motorola, which cut 3,650 jobs in two separate announcements including the closure of the factories at Bathgate in West Lothian and South Queensferry.

Meanwhile, electronics firm NEC also made two job loss announcements involving a total of 1,860 jobs. And defence contractor BAE SYSTEMS rocked the Scottish manufacturing sector with announcements of 1,220 job losses.

The axe fell hardest in West Lothian, where over 5,200 jobs were lost over the 14-month period, including losses at Motorola and NEC. Lanarkshire was also badly hit, losing over 3,520 jobs, while Fife, Ayrshire, Stirlingshire, West Lothian and Midlothian all lost 1,000 or more.

Labour Research's figures underestimate the job losses in Scottish manufacturing as it is restricted to job losses announced only in Scotland. There was an additional impact from other UK-wide announcements which included plants in Scotland, such as electronics group Invensys, which cut a total of 6,300 UK jobs in May and July last year.

Notes to editors

1 The survey was based on press reports of job loss announcements between the beginning of January 2001 and the end of February 2002. Further details are published in the April 2002 issue of Labour Research.

2 Labour Research is published by the Labour Research Department, an independent trade union and labour movement organisation founded 90 years ago. More than 1,800 trade union organisations, including 55 national unions representing 99% of total TUC membership, are affiliated.

3 For further information contact Neal Moister on 0207 902 9818 (work) or 0207 720 0559 (home).

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