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Issue No. 1781

BOSSES GAVE thousands of workers the sack for Christmas. Former newsagent John Menzies announced around 1,200 job cuts. Menzies has recently become an airport services operator, and plans to axe some 200 jobs at Heathrow airport.

IT company ICL also announced the slashing of 1,500 jobs across Britain, giving 'cost cutting' as the reason. While workers faced the threat of the dole, it was a different Christmas story for Greg Hutchings, former boss of Tomkins engineering conglomerate. He left the company after allegations that he took advantage of the company's jet and flats for his personal use.

He is now to get a payout of nearly £7 million from the firm after agreeing to drop his claims for wrongful dismissal.

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Sat 5 Jan 2002, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1781
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