Charity hub opens to help Kaiam workers left facing Christmas without pay

A community hub has been set up following the shock closure of a West Lothian computer firm that has left hundreds of workers facing financial uncertainty just days before Christmas.

Saturday, 22nd December 2018, 6:39 pm
Updated Saturday, 22nd December 2018, 9:55 pm
Staff at Kaiam tech firm have been left in the dark. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Over 300 workers at Livingston-based electronic firm Kaiam have been instructed to phone a helpline on Christmas Eve to find out if they will receive their December wages after being sent home from their workplace on Thursday and told not to return.

Boss Bardia Pezeshki visited workers the day before the announcement, but made no mention of pay being delayed and has now reportedly jetted off to California where the firm is headquartered.

Yesterday evening the local community rallied together and set up a donations fund to help the workers.

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Hannah Bardell MP for Livingston. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

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On Saturday SNP MP for Livingston Hannah Bardell announced the opening of a local community hub where donations can be made and picked up by Kaiam staff.

Based at Livingston Station Community Centre on Main Street the charity hub will be open from 10am on Sunday 23 December and will run until Christmas Eve at 2pm.

In a social media post, Ms Bardell issued a plea for supermarket vouchers, shopping vouchers and toys for families affected by the closure.

She added: “If you want to pop along and help to make tea, coffee and give out mince pies - donations of time and Xmas cheer also hugely appreciated.

“We hope Kaiam staff will come along and accept a gift from their local community, please bring your company ID if you can.”

Remaining donations after Christmas Eve will be given to local food bank and charities.

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