Unions have helped 650 workers at two Levi Strauss factories at Dundee and Bellshill in Scotland negotiate a redundancy payout described as "substantially higher than is required by law."

GMB Scotland senior organiser in the clothing and textile section, Ian King, said Levis had agreed a "severance pay settlement deal second to none in the clothing and textile manufacturing industry in Scotland," adding the jeans maker is also paying out the full year's holiday requirement and other fringe benefits.

In January Levi Strauss announced its intention to close the plants as part of an effort to change it into "a marketing and product-driven" company.

Unions initially fought to keep the plants open, but a report produced by Professor Robert van der Meer, of Strathclyde University's Business School, made it plain there were no feasible alternatives to closure.