Factory boss pictured ‘laughing’ at Christmas party as workers go without pay

Factory boss pictured ‘laughing’ at Christmas party as workers go without pay

A computer boss was pictured ‘laughing’ at a company Christmas party just days before workers weren’t paid and their factory was shut.

Bardia Pezeshki had hosted more than 150 employees from the doomed Kaiam plant in Livingston, West Lothian.

But just days after the boozy bash it emerged that the California-based company’s European wing was in danger of being dissolved and hundreds of jobs were potentially at risk.

More than 350 workers weren’t paid on Friday – just four days before Christmas – and they now face a bleak festive season, the Daily Record reports.

Mr Pezeshki said he’s been treated unfairly since the closure was announced and "nobody" is enjoying their holidays.

Worker Kevin Wells, 27, who was at the staff night out, said: “Bardia was really lording it up at the party, which must have cost the firm thousands. All the management were upstairs and we were downstairs having a good time.            

“Little did we know that our fate had already been sealed.            

“This was four days before the Companies House winding-up letter was dated and Bardia didn’t let anything slip.

"He must have known exactly what was going to happen. We’ve lost all trust in him and the company.”

Mr Pezeshki, 52, claimed he has been treated unfairly since the closure was announced.

Speaking from his £2.3mm home in California, he said: “I’m not a Grinch and l’m not sure l deserve the humiliation my family and I are going through.”            

He added: “I know this is really painful but it was quite unpredictable. There is nobody chickening out or enjoying their holidays.”

Just days after the party at Livingston FC’s Tony Macaroni Arena, a letter confirming the company’s European wing was going to be dissolved was raised at Companies House.

Staff will meet with administrators KPMG on Monday to find out if the plant in Livingston has a future.

They have been asked to stay away from work until January 3.

Since the closure, Livingston Station Community Centre has been inundated with donations of food, toys and cash for the shocked workforce.

Cole Cowan, nine, whose gran Heather works at the plant, donated £160 from his savings to help.

His mum Louise Partridge, 37, said: “When he heard what happened to his gran, he was in tears. It’s terrible when this sort of thing happens, but even worse at this time of year.”

Local MP Hannah Bardell said: “There is a huge cross-party effort ongoing to try and resolve the situation and secure some sort of future for workers.”

California-based Kaiam make parts that allows data to be sent at high speeds between data centres.

In 2014, they were given a £850,000 Scottish Enterprise grant to move some production from China to Livingston.

Blair Nimmo, global head of insolvency at KPMG, said previously: "This is clearly very upsetting news for all of the staff at KEL, particularly at this time of year.

"Our first priority is to meet with the company’s employees and communicate what these administration appointments mean for them, which we are aiming to do on Monday afternoon.

"KEL has faced challenging trading conditions, which caused the business to experience acute cash flow pressure.

"Despite the action of the directors to try to increase sales and attract new investment, the business entered administration."

He added that work was ongoing to find someone to buy the business.

They are working with Scottish Enterprise, Skills Development Scotland and West Lothian Council to support the company’s employees.

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