Levi Strauss has called in a management consultant in an attempt to save 650 UK jobs at two of its factories in Scotland.

Professor Robert van der Meer, a lecturer from the Department of Management Science at Strathclyde University's business school, is said by The Glasgow Evening Times to have been brought in by unions and bosses in an attempt to find an alternative to closure at the jean-making plants.

His findings could be revealed within the next two weeks

der Meer's appointment comes after Levi's announced plans to shut a finishing plant in Bellshill, Lanarkshire, which employs 185 workers, and a sewing factory in Dundee, where 462 machinists are based.