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Last Updated: Wednesday, 30 June 2004, 17:40 GMT 18:40 UK
Stockline staff receive final pay
Scene of the factory explosion
Nine people lost their lives in the factory explosion
Workers who survived last month's plastics factory explosion in the Maryhill area of Glasgow will receive their final wages next week.

BBC Scotland has learned that Stockline employees have been sent a letter outlining a timetable for salary reductions and job losses.

The news coincides with a memorial service for those killed when the factory building collapsed.

Nine people died and dozens were badly hurt in the explosion on 11 May.

Surviving workers admitted to being worried and confused about their situation following the factory's destruction.

They had continued to receive wages, but rumours of pay-offs and redundancies were rife.

'Dreadful event'

A letter sent to employees by company chairman Campbell Downie on Wednesday confirmed job losses.

He said: "In the absence of the means of production and things presently impounded by the authorities, little could be done to protect full employment.

"During the months of May and June, we have paid our employees basic wages or enhanced sick pay for those who were injured and unable to work."

He added that normal wages would cease on 9 July, while sick pay would continue to be paid on a week-to-week basis, along with half of basic pay, if employees had provided a medical certificate covering their continuing period of sickness.

However, Mr Downie said that this benefit may have to be discontinued, reverting to basic statutory sick pay, on the advice of company accountants.

He also said the firm would write to all employees separately concerning the consultation process on possible redundancies, as a consequence of the reduction of work to be done in certain departments.

His letter ended by saying: "This dreadful event in our lives which has caused such pain and suffering for so many people, has affected us all. The courage shown by those most sorely tested is an inspiration to everyone."

The Health and Safety Executive is continuing an investigation into the cause of the explosion, in which five men and four women died.


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