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THE Korean owners of tweed and tartan weavers Lochcarron of Scotland are seeking to shed jobs at the company’s Selkirk site.

TheSouthern understands that about eight jobs are on the line after a notice appeared at the Dunsdale Road factory last week inviting expressions of interest in voluntary redundancies.

Yesterday, Lochcarron’s brand manager, Hilary Buchan, whose grandfather founded the company which now has a workforce of about 60, declined to comment on the impending job losses.

But Tony Trench, regional organiser of the trade union Unite, said he had been in discussions with management on Tuesday.

“The company is looking to trim its staffing costs as part of a reorganisation in some warehouse and higher paid head office functions,” said Mr Trench.

“The union has a good relationship with Lochcarron and we are now working with them to try to reduce the numbers of people who are threatened, although we are somewhat heartened that the changes do not appear to affect production personnel.

“Our talks are due to continue next week.”

In June, Lochcarron was purchased by E-Land, one of South Korea’s largest specialist retailers, which also recently acquired Peter Scott Knitwear in Hawick.