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Business Correspondent, Hayley Millar
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Tuesday, 24 April, 2001, 09:12 GMT 10:12 UK
Motorola plant closure 'imminent'
Motorola sign
The Bathgate plant is expected to close
It is expected that Motorola will announce the closure of its mobile phone plant in Bathgate, West Lothian, on Tuesday with the loss of 3,000 jobs.

Senior sources in the local council and Amalgamated Engineering and Electrical Union say they now "fear the worst" and expect the plant to be axed.

The company said that there would be no announcement on Tuesday but it is believed that there will be two meetings - for day and night shift workers - to tell them of closure plans.

A spokesman for the Scottish Executive said ministers were in close contact with the company but had not been informed of any plans to announce a closure.

Motorola entrance
Staff are just back after a two week lay-off
However, BBC Scotland understands that a meeting of workers' representatives at the factory has been called for Tuesday morning - a move which should coincide with a similar meeting in the company's factory in Flensburg, Germnay.

It is expected the staff representatives will be given details of the company's restructuring plan - which will include redundancies - and that a 90-day consultation process will get underway.

The future of the Easter Inch plant in Bathgate has been in doubt since Motorola announced that it was cutting 22,000 jobs around the world last year.

Efforts to stave off closure were stepped up two weeks ago when the US mobile phone giant revealed it had incurred a $200m loss for the first three months of the year.

An expected closure announcement was put on hold after Prime Minister Tony Blair made a telephone call to chief executive Chris Galvin.

New Mobile
3,000 jobs will go if the Bathgate plant is closed
Meanwhile, attempts to persuade the company to keep the Bathgate plant open have been continuing.

Scotland's electronics sector has been badly hit by the downturn in the US and Japanese economies.

Matsushita announced on Friday that it was considering closing a Panasonic TV component factory at East Kilbride with the possible loss of 100 staff.

Computer manufacturer Compaq said earlier this month that it was closing its Erskine factory with the loss of 700 jobs.

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