60 jobs at Lloyds to go in June

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LLOYDS has told more than 60 staff at its data centre in Copley they will lose their jobs in June.

In October last year the bank announced 360 jobs would be lost from the centre during a two-year restructuring plan.

Yesterday the first 60 jobs of those were announced, with affected employees “disappointed and upset” after being told about the redundancies from the company’s insurance division.

A further 140 jobs will go from elsewhere across the group in the first wave of cuts.

Customer relations jobs and IT jobs from the insurance division are expected to be relocated to Newport in Wales and India.

Although Lloyds refused to confirm the number of job losses at Copley, the trade union Accord revealed as many as 61 jobs would go.

Susan McDonald, a spokesperson for Lloyds said: “We will not know exact numbers until the process is complete as there will be opportunities for redeployment both within the Division and the Group. We would always look at these opportunities first.

“We remain committed to the Halifax area, employing many thousands of people in Halifax itself and more across Yorkshire.

“The group’s policy is always to use natural turnover and to redeploy people wherever possible to retain their expertise and knowledge within the group. Where it is necessary for employees to leave the company, it will look to achieve this by offering voluntary severance. Compulsory redundancies will always be a last resort,” she said.

Ged Nicholls, General Secretary of Accord, said: “We are always unhappy at any planned reduction in the roles and opportunities available in the Lloyds Banking Group – particularly in this very difficult economic climate. But we will support our members through to the end and continue to oppose any compulsory redundancies.”

The total job losses since HBOS was taken over by Lloyds TSB in January 2009 now exceeds 22,000.

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