Job hopes blown as buyer pulls out

HOPES of saving hundreds of jobs at two closure-threatened city factories have been dealt a blow after a mystery company pulled out of a possible rescue bid.

Mystery Ethicon bidder 'must be revealed'

UNION chiefs today demanded a potential mystery bidder for two closure-hit Edinburgh factories reveal itself.

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Jobs hope for staff at Edinburgh plants

HUNDREDS of workers have been offered hope of keeping their jobs at two closure-hit Edinburgh factories.

Ethicon job loss talks hit deadlock

TALKS over the loss of hundreds of jobs at a city medical supply firm have ended in deadlock.

Anger at 'cynical' Ethicon directors

US DIRECTORS of Ethicon, the healthcare company that last week closed its Edinburgh plant at the cost of 850 jobs, wished the doomed operation a "very successful 2003", just three months before it was shut down.

Union demands probe over Ethicon closure

ONE of Scotland’s largest unions is demanding a public inquiry into the Scottish Executive’s handling of the closure of medical supply firm Ethicon’s Edinburgh plant with the loss of more than 800 jobs.

City upbeat after talks with Ethicon

CITY leaders today remained optimistic about the future for workers facing the axe after the closure of Ethicon.

J&J accused of ignoring jobs 'credo'

ETHICON, the medical supplier which last week announced the closure of its Edinburgh plant in Sighthill at a cost of 850 jobs, is coming under increased pressure to transfer many of those jobs to its Livingston operation.

Ethicon victim of Euro closure costs

AMERICAN healthcare company Johnson & Johnson axed hundreds of jobs at its Ethicon plants in Scotland because it would have been too expensive to close its plants in France and Germany.

Union tackles Ethicon over 850 job losses

UNION leaders are demanding a showdown with senior executives at the medical equipment firm Ethicon over plans to lay off 850 staff in Edinburgh and Livingston.

More than 1,000 Scottish jobs to go

MORE than 1,000 Scottish jobs were consigned to history yesterday after the medical equipment company Ethicon, oil giant BP and fish farming group Marine Harvest announced redundancies.

Hope hi-tech firm will fill the Ethicon void

CITY chiefs are set to launch a bid to attract a hi-tech company to fill the void at Ethicon’s Sighthill base.

Ethicon to close Edinburgh plant

MORE than 850 Scottish manufacturing jobs were thrown on the scrap-heap yesterday, after medical equipment company Ethicon revealed it was closing its 56-year-old Edinburgh plant to transfer work to Puerto Rico.

Anger over Ethicon shutdown

STAFF at two doomed Edinburgh factories were stunned today after it was announced the plants will shut with the loss of more than 800 jobs.

Ethicon blow shows the challenge we face

NO MORE grim reminder could be given of the challenges facing Scotland’s economy than news that the medical equipment company Ethicon is to close its 56-year-old Edinburgh plant with the loss of more than 850 jobs. The company is to wind down production at its Sighthill factory over the next two to three years and transfer work to Puerto Rico and elsewhere as part of a cost-cutting drive.

Ethicon's humble beginnings

IN 1915, George Merson, with only two employees, founded the first commercial manufacturer of surgical catgut in Edinburgh.

Interviews for all Ethicon workers as support kicks in

EVERY person made redundant at Ethicon can expect interviews with a support worker in an effort to find new jobs.

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