2 August 2019

Following talks with the Administrators for Fife furniture firm Havelock International which is to make 247 workers redundant Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland Lesley Laird said:

“This news is hugely disappointing for the workers and their families - Havelock has a long, proud tradition and a highly skilled workforce, and Scottish Labour will do all that we can to work with the Administrators and Scottish Government to find a solution to this awful news.

“There is justifiable anger about the speed which events have unfolded as it can limit the options available to resolve the situation. Which in this case has left the employees with no warning and no pay.

“However, with a significant payment due for work on the AECC I believe further pressure could have been applied from the Scottish Government to make that happen or indeed to reach a resolution that would have ensured that the workforce would have been paid.

“I will continue to work with the Administrators and trade unions on this and have already written to the Scottish Government to urge that all possible support is made available.”
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