Devastation for Fife employees as they discover out they’re being sacked through newspaper

Shocked employees at a furnishings manufacturing facility in Fife discovered they have been being sacked after studying the information within the morning papers.

Greater than 200 employees at Havelock Worldwide, left work the night earlier than assured that the Kirkcaldy-based enterprise had full books and was viable.

Nevertheless, on Thursday morning directors from PwC – PricewaterhouseCoopers – have been ready to make the shock announcement.

Union bosses blamed the sudden closure of the corporate on decreased demand for merchandise in addition to cash-flow points.

Chatting with the Daily Record , Invoice Dickson, who was on account of notch up 50 years of service with Havelock this weekend, mentioned there was no indication the closure was going to occur.

Alan Martin was visibly upset after discovering out in regards to the speedy closure

The 66-year-old grandfather of 23 mentioned: “This firm has performed a central half in my life for half a century and in all that point I’ve by no means seen anybody handled in such a disgusting method as I’ve this week.

“If the corporate had approached the workforce and the unions I’m certain we may have come to an association to assist hold issues transferring.

“The order books are full, the work and willingness to finish it’s there.


“The information is a devastating blow to all the employees and the native space – everybody will now be searching for native jobs that simply aren’t there.”

Alan Martin, 58, who has labored on the manufacturing facility for 13 years, mentioned: “There was no apology or reason why this has occurred – nobody is any the wiser why the manufacturing facility has needed to shut.

“The workforce has bent over backwards to assist the corporate over the past couple of years and that is how we’re handled.

Mary Moyes, PA to the manager director, who has labored for the agency for 32 years, mentioned: “I really feel for the youthful staff who’ve younger households. There’s been no actual rationalization and nobody actually is aware of why the choice was made.”


David Baxendale, of directors PwC, mentioned Havelock Worldwide had confronted a difficult buying and selling environment for a while.

However the administrators had lastly concluded that there was now not “any cheap prospect for the corporate to proceed to commerce”.

He mentioned: “Previous to our appointment, we explored ways in which the enterprise may proceed to function whereas a purchaser was sought. Nevertheless, regrettably this has not proved doable and it has subsequently been essential to make 247 staff redundant with speedy impact.

“Our precedence is to make sure that all staff are assisted in processing their redundancy claims as a precedence.

“We might be in additional contact with all employees as quickly as doable and can define the assist obtainable to finish redundancy cost varieties.”

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