Bill Nuti, president and chief executive of bank machine makers NCR – who was paid £2 million last year – couldn’t find the time to tell his staff that their jobs were being axed. So he had a film made of himself breaking the news.
Before playing the tape, bosses called police to the NCR factory in Dundee.
The workers, who have an average of 20 years service each, looked on in dismay at a mass meeting.
Peter Gow, aged 62, said, “This whole escapade has been terrible. Everyone is totally shattered.”
Zena Ireland, who also lost her job at Dundee’s Timex factory in the 1990s, said, “The announcement came as a huge shock to a lot of people. If they’d been up-front with us from the start we could have prepared for the future.
“As it is, most people have been left in the lurch with mortgages to pay and kids to feed. It’s disgusting the way a very loyal workforce has been treated by management.”
Bruce said, “There were grown men who have served that company far longer than me crying their eyes out. But the management didn’t look like they could be bothered.”
Another worker, George, said, “The cheek that he had to do it by video shows how shoddy this company is.
“They treated a workforce who have shown years and years of loyalty with complete disdain and it’s all to do with making a fast buck.”
NCR brought in some £3.1 billion of revenue in 2005.