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Tuesday, 27 January 2015

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Cumbrian bank workers set to lose their jobs

HSBC Bank workers across Cumbria are set to lose their jobs in a round of sweeping cuts, prompting one union to accuse it of sacrificing employees to boost profits.

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The bank, which has branches across Cumbria, including in Carlisle, Whitehaven, Workington, Brampton and Penrith, announced the shake-up yesterday, confirming that nearly 1,150 ‘roles’ are likely to be axed, though the Unite union says that up to 2,000 jobs may go.

A spokesman said that the changes could affect more than 3,000 staff but that many will be able to take up newly-created jobs.

The Unite union reacted furiously and warned that it may ballot its members working for the bank for possible industrial action.

Unite national officer, Dominic Hook said: “HSBC is making staff suffer in the search for ever greater profits. The bank’s behaviour is a disgrace. After making proposals to slash pensions, holidays and sick pay the bank is now slashing even more jobs.

“Staff are at the end of their tether and we will be asking them in due course if they are prepared to take part in a strike ballot to oppose this unprecedented attack by this very profitable bank.”

Brian Robertson, chief executive of HSBC Bank plc, said: “I understand change is always unsettling, particularly for those affected.

“However, I also firmly believe what we are proposing is essential in order for us to fulfil our customers’ expectations.”


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