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Issue No. 1803

Cut-offs at centre

SOME 18,000 jobs have been slashed in call centres across Britain over the last year, according to a new survey. The consultants Mitial say that 200 call centres have shut over the last year due to a programme of rationalisation and mergers. They say the number of jobs in call centres is set to halve over the next five years.

Yet these were supposed to be the future for areas where manufacturing jobs have been decimated.

The hols you can't bank on

DIDN'T GET time off over the recent bank holiday period? You were not alone. Over six million workers in Britain lost out on the jubilee bank holiday, according to the Trades Union Congress.

The TUC survey found that three out of ten workers, some 6.8 million, work at least one bank holiday every year. Some 3.5 million workers who are off on public holidays do not get paid for them, and a further half a million only get paid for part of them.

BP axes 800 jobs

GIANT OIL firm BP is to slash another 800 jobs from its North Sea operations. The news comes after the firm cut 500 jobs earlier this year, and 1,000 jobs from its Grangemouth refinery in Scotland.

The job cuts will hit workers, both offshore and onshore, in Aberdeen, Sullom, Shetland, and also in Norfolk and Hartlepool. Trade unions have warned of a domino effect that could hit other jobs including engineering and drilling. BP made nearly £1.6 billion in profits last year.

More on the dole

HALF THE firms that have slashed jobs over the past 18 months plan to sack more workers later this year.

A poll of 560 companies by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development showed that many firms would continue to cut jobs because of restructuring-no matter what the state of the economy.

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Sat 8 Jun 2002, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1803
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