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Power station jobs protest

Ferrybridge Power Station
Ferrybridge Power Station Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Unemployed construction workers and union activists from West Yorkshire are staging a protest this morning outside the Ferrybridge power station.

The unemployed workers are angry that they have not been given the opportunity to get jobs on the site even though they claim there are significant job opportunities in an area which is in need of regeneration and community support.

A new multifuels project is being built at Ferrybridge but Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI) has contracted work out to employers who are not taking on local workers.

Unite regional officer, Chris Weldon said: "There are over 300 CVs of unemployed local workers who live within 35 miles of the site on a database at Ferrybridge. They are ready to work and they have got the skills but they are being overlooked.

"We are protesting today to demand that workers whether local or not are treated fairly and that means getting the opportunity to apply for work and being treated equally. Ferrybridge is an important project for the local economy so it is outrageous that local workers are being excluded."

409 apply for one low-paid council job

409 people have applied for a cleaner's job , working for Kirklees Council.

According to the council the job, which involves cleaning and clearing empty council homes, is on the minimum wage of £11,945 -a-year.

But as hundreds fought for some of the poorest paid jobs, some of the better paid jobs with the local authority went uncontested.

In several jobs at pay grades just above the national average there was only one candidate.

A vacancy for a deputy social services manager on £35,430 per year received a solitary applicant, as did a vacancy for an administration manager on £30,011


'Plans for 115 homes in Hull should create local jobs,' says councillor

A councillor in Hull says the jobs created by plans for 115 new homes and the refurbishment of 100 flats should all be offered to local people.

It follows the demolition of two blocks of flats in the Orchard Park area yesterday, which will now make way for a 15 million pound redevelopment of the area.

Hundreds of residents turned out to watch. Five blocks of flats are being demolished in the area before 2015 and a further two are being refurbished.


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Recruitment drive launched for North Yorkshire Police

The Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, Julia Mulligan, is launching a police officer recruitment campaign for around 60 jobs to be filled between now and the end of 2014.

The force say that they are looking for candidates who are passionate about making a difference in their communities, committed to reducing harm and for those who want to do more for victims.

“I know that people want to see officers on the streets and this campaign will help to make sure that we maximise coverage across North Yorkshire for the next few years.

“The recruitment of high quality officers is a fundamental part of my central goal to ensure people are safe, that we remain the safest county in England and residents of North Yorkshire feel safe.

“Undoubtedly, there will be a huge number of people who are interested and it is probable the website will be extremely busy during the application period which is open for two weeks. If people do experience a delay I would ask that they please bear with us as we work to ensure that the process runs as smoothly as possible. ”

– Julia Mulligan, Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire

"Devastating blow" as Coca Cola axes nearly 300 jobs - with Wakefield site affected

It's been announced Coca Cola will cut nearly 300 jobs.

The loss, at Coca Cola Enterprises, was described as “a devastating blow” by the union Unite.

Coca Cola is to close down its Direct Store Delivery operation resulting in 288 redundancies, 160 of which are Unite drivers and warehouse workers. The sites affected include Bristol, East Kilbride, North London, Northampton, Sidcup and Wakefield.

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