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.