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Coca Cola looking to 'minimise redundancies'

Coca Cola has released a statement following the announcement of 300 possible redundancies across the UK.

The drinks producer has a plant in Northampton.

Following a strategic review, we are proposing to end our direct delivery service in Great Britain. This service is primarily used by foodservice outlets and we have identified the need for a more efficient way of distributing our products to these customers.

We have now started a full consultation on these proposals with our employee representative bodies and the Unite trade union. If these changes were implemented they could result in the loss of approximately 288 roles from a total workforce in Great Britain of 4,400.

We do not make these proposals lightly and we will, of course, be looking to minimise redundancies as far as possible and will offer support to help colleagues through this process.

– Coca Cola spokesperson


Job cuts to be made by Coca Cola in Northampton

Coca Cola has today announced it will be axing almost 300 jobs across the UK, including staff at its Northampton plant on the Brackmills Industrial Estate.

Union Unite has described the decision as a 'devastating blow'.

Cola Coca Enterprises is a highly profitable and successful global company and we will be doing everything in our power to protect jobs.

– Jennie Formby, Unite national officer for food and drink

Unemployment figures released for Midlands, full report

New figures show the number of people unemployed in the West Midlands went up between October and December 2012.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) says 238,000 people remain out of work in the region - three thousand more than between July and September last year.

Nationally, unemployment fell by 14,000 to 2.5 million.

The figures come as it emerged 1,700 people applied for 8 jobs at one coffee shop in the East Midlands, giving some indication about how tough the job market remains.

Charlotte Grant reports.


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Unemployment fell by 14,000 in final quarter of 2012

Unemployment fell by 14,000 between October and December to 2.5 million, official figures showed today.

Unemployment figures Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

The number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance last month fell by 12,500 to 1.54 million, said the Office for National Statistics.

Average earnings increased by 1.4% in the year to December, 0.1% down on the previous month.

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