Archive | November, 2012

Tata Steel Axing Jobs

Posted on 24 November 2012 by editor

Tata Steel has announced plans to close four sites in the region and is axing over 100 jobs. The firm which employs over 19,000 staff across the UK has said 53 jobs are to be axed at Wombourne, 18 from Kingswinford, 36 at Dudley and 82 at the Cradley site. In total it is closing 12 sites across the UK and axing over 900 jobs.

Tata blames the european market, where it has seen a 25% reduction in steel, and forecasting saying more is to come.

Karl Kohler, Chief Executive of Tata Steel’s European operations, said: “These restructuring proposals will help make our business more successful and sustainable, but the job losses are regrettable. We will do everything we can to reduce the impact of the proposals on employees and, where possible, we will look to achieve job losses through voluntary redundancies.”

The trade Union has said it is very angry and upset with the news, particularly when the jobs being axed are from loyal employees who once were employed by Corus.

The news is a further blow to the region, earlier this week Premier Foods announced plans to cut is workforce in the region by 500.

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Monarch Airlines plans to recruit 300

Posted on 21 November 2012 by editor

Monarch Airlines has announced plans to create up to 300 jobs at Birmingham Airport.

Mick Adams, Managing Director of Monarch Aircraft Engineering said the construction of a new hangar at Birmingham Airport would create 150 jobs initially, with the possibility of another 150 later including apprenticeships.

The hanger which is due to be completed by the end of 2013, will be larger than Wembley Stadium and large enough to accommodate two Boeing 777-300ER aircraft or 10 narrow-body aircraft.

Monarch Airport is based at six UK airports including Gatwick and Luton.

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500 Jobs axed at Premier Foods

Posted on 21 November 2012 by editor

Premier Foods the maker of Hovis bread are closing their distribution centre in Birmingham and axing 500 jobs. Unions have described the job losses as “devastating” and have called for urgent talks with Premier’s management. Jennie Formby, Unite national officer for food and drink said “This is just another stage in the disaster story that has been Premier Foods over recent years, which has consistently struggled ever since its decision to buy Hovis in 2006.”

Premier foods recently lost a ‘low margin’ contract worth in the region of £75 million to supply a supermarket to produced bread. Alarm bells at the firm have been ringing for sometime as well-known brands that have been sold have included ‘Branston Pickles and Sauces, Robertson’s jam and Sarson’s vinegar’. It is understand that creditors gave the firm extra time to repay its debts.


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