The Scottish Parliament Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee has agreed to the call from local MSP Neil Findlay to hold an evidence session to hear from Scottish Enterprise about the situation at computer factory Kaiam in Livingston following the Christmas Eve closure which has resulted in the loss of hundreds of jobs.
Kaiam left over 300 of their workers without pay in the lead up to Christmas leaving them to rely on generous donations of cash, vouchers and toys from the local community.
Local MSP Neil Findlay condemned the actions of Kaiam and wrote to the Parliamentary committee urging them to hold an inquiry into how companies, like Kaiam, are awarded taxpayers money and the apparent lack of accountability in how that money is spent.
A recently released document showed that Government Ministers knew that Kaiam was in danger of closing as far back as the 22nd of November yet workers were only advised on Christmas Eve that they would not be paid and that they would lose their jobs.
Reacting to the news of an evidence session, Neil Findlay MSP said:
“It is only right that we get to the bottom of what has gone on at Kaiam and people are held to account for their actions or inaction.”
“Kaiam has treated its workforce appallingly and it appears Ministers knew but failed to inform the workers affected. We need to know who knew what and when.”
The Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee will hear evidence from Scottish Enterprise next Tuesday 15th January.