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Price of privatisation: 1,600 jobs to go at Royal Mail

Tue, 25/03/2014 - 13:13 -- nick

The Royal Mail has announced it is cutting 1,600 jobs just five months after its privatisation.

Unions are considering strike action in response, with management positions facing the chop.

Brian Scott, Unite's officer for Royal Mail, said: "First the government sells off Royal Mail on the cheap and now the newly privatised service is ruthlessly sacrificing jobs.

Lancashire County Council to cut 2,500 jobs

Wed, 15/01/2014 - 13:22 -- nick

Lancashire County Council is to cut 2,500 jobs by 2016 as the coalition government's cuts bite hard.

The Council hopes to carry out the majority of cuts through voluntary redundancy, although these are likely to include reduced terms as money saving is prioritised.

The job reductions will be full-time equivalent posts, meaning the number actually affected is likely to be higher as part-time workers also lose their jobs.

NPower dumps 1,460 staff as it sends UK jobs offshore

Thu, 28/11/2013 - 11:53 -- nick

Gas and electricity giant NPower is to make 1,460 staff redundant, it has confirmed.

The German-owned company, one of the 'big six' electricity and gas suppliers in the UK, will cut jobs including checking meter readings against bills.

Chief executive Paul Massara said: "This restructure is necessary if we are to deliver the levels of service our customers deserve."

It is not clear how service quality will be improved by sending these functions offshore, but the company will now use staff in India to deliver them.

NPower currently employs 9,600 people in the UK.

More jobs lost as tube and council dump hundreds

Thu, 21/11/2013 - 18:11 -- nick

Today was a bleak day for UK jobs as three major employers announced the loss of thousands of posts.

London Underground plans to dump 750 workers as it will shut all its ticket offices by 2015.

This came despite an earlier promise by London Mayor Boris Johnson that he planned to keep all offices open to help passengers feel safer.

Services on some lines will run all night at weekends, meaning safety may become more of an issue.

This was highlighted by RMT General Secretary Bob Crow, who said:

One in, one out - Nestle adds 1,900 UK jobs as Barclays axes 1,700

Fri, 15/11/2013 - 13:18 -- nick

Food giant Nestle is to create 1,900 jobs and paid work experience opportunities for young people in the UK.

The scheme is part of a Europe-wide commitment to support youngsters, and comes after a Nestle survey showed a lack of decent work placements was holding them back.

Fiona Kendrick, Nestle chief executive, said: “Sadly, young people in the UK and Ireland are stuck in a catch-22 situation - they can’t get a job without experience, but can’t get experience without a job.”

500 jobs to go at Tata Steel

Tue, 29/10/2013 - 12:04 -- nick

Indian steel giant Tata is to cut 500 jobs in the UK, it has announced.

The company blames low building rates in Britain since the recession.

340 jobs could be cut in Scunthorpe, 90 in Workington and 40 in Teesside, and are expected to affect managers and administrators rather than steelworkers.

Tata Steel's European Chief Executive, Karl Koehler said: "European steel demand this year is expected to be only two-thirds of pre-crisis levels after falls in the past two years.

Councils have cut nearly half-a-million workers during recession

Tue, 25/06/2013 - 13:20 -- nick

Councils in the UK have lost 416,000 jobs since the beginning of the government's austerity programme.

Zurich Municipal, the public sector insurers, also warns that less than half the likely total has been lost to date, with around 900,000 slated for unemployment by 2017.

This would represent 16% of all local government employees.

Many councils have moved into sharing services as a way of cutting costs, with at least 337 co-operating on 325 services.

Women's unemployment highest for 25 years, and set to be highest ever

Wed, 24/04/2013 - 11:35 -- nick

Women's unemployment is the highest for 25 years, and is set to rise to its highest ever level.

Women's rights organisation The Fawcett Society is to release figures showing that, while 1.07 million women are currently jobless, that number is likely to increase to 1.5 million, the highest on record.

The major driving force behind the figures is the predicted 699,000 fall in public sector jobs by 2018.

BA to cut 400 cabin crew jobs

Tue, 04/12/2012 - 12:08 -- nick

Airline British Airways is to cut 400 senior cabin crew jobs, it has revealed.

All the redundancies will be voluntary and will start next March.

BA's sister airline, Iberia, will shed 4,500 jobs as part of a cost-cutting move, the majority of which will be in Spain.

BA currently has 14,000 cabin staff, but job cuts will only affect those who work on either long-haul or short-haul flights, not both.

1,000 jobs to go at Department for Education

Wed, 14/11/2012 - 15:20 -- nick

Around 1,000 jobs are to be lost at the Department for Education (DfE).

Following the completion of a review which was launched in July, the posts will go over the next two years.

The DfE will focus on its core work as part of a plan to reduce administrative expenses by 50% (£290million) by 2016.

Six regional offices will close, the report states.

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