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Issue No. 2187

The jobs massacre gives the lie to New Labour’s spin that the recession is over.

  • More than 1,500 workers are set to lose their jobs at catalogue firm Shop Direct. The company will close three call centres in Sunderland, Burnley and Newtown in Wales.
  • Car company Toyota is cutting up to 750 jobs at its Burnaston plant near Derby. Jobs at the Deeside plant in north Wales could be at risk.
  • Another 8,000 jobs worldwide are to go at AstraZeneca.
  • Essex council is planning to axe 275 workers.
  • 300 jobs are at risk in Swansea council and another 300 at Newport council.
  • The Student Loans Company is cutting 150 jobs from its offices in Glasgow.
  • The Warburtons bread factory in Bolton is getting rid of one in four of its 470 workers.
  • And up to 70 jobs could be under threat at coach maker Plaxton.

Meanwhile French workers have shown the way to respond to cuts.

They seized the chief executive and a former manager at the Pier Import store, north of Paris, in the latest case of “bossnapping”.

They were demanding better redundancy packages. The bosses have now been released.

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Tue 2 Feb 2010, 19:19 GMT
Issue No. 2187
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