More than 1,000 Scottish jobs to go

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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.

Ethicon, part of the global drugs giant Johnson & Johnson, said it will close its 56-year-old Edinburgh plant with the loss of 850 jobs, transferring most of the work to Puerto Rico.

Despite having made assurances its Grangemouth refinery would suffer no more job losses, BP confirmed a further 190 posts are to go - taking the workforce at the plant down to 1,400.

Marine Harvest, a vital employer on the west coast , is to lay off more than 80 people as it closes its Stornoway processing plant and cuts back its mobile harvesting teams.