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MP slams company over 'devastating' job losses

An MP has vowed to lobby the Prime Minister after online retailer Shop Direct announced plans to pull out of Greater Manchester, with the loss of almost 2,000 jobs.

The company, which owns Littlewoods and Very, said it would begin to close its distribution centres in Shaw, Oldham, and Little Hulton in Salford, as well as its returns centre at Raven Mill in Chadderton, in 2020.

Debbie Abrahams, the Oldham East and Saddleworth MP, said she would be writing to Theresa May to demand the PM and government ministers are ‘fully engaged’ in supporting affected workers.

She also blasted the company for failing to engage with both herself and Oldham council before announcing the news.

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'Take a lunch break and go home on time' - TUC urges employees

Workers are being encouraged to go home on time. Credit: PA

Workers in the North West are being urged to take a lunch break and leave on time.

New figures show they did nearly three million pounds worth of unpaid overtime last year.

The TUC says almost half a million people here put in an average of 7.6 hours a week in unpaid overtime during 2017.

This averages £5,897 a year that each of those workers is losing out in pay.

The union is calling on bosses to move away from a long hours culture.

Lots of us are willing to put in a bit of extra time when it’s needed. But it’s a problem if it happens all the time.

– Lyn Collins, TUC Regional Secretary

Shortage of local doctors on the Isle of Man

Nobles Hospital in Douglas has 34 spaces for doctor roles. Credit: ITV Granada

The Isle of Man's Nobles Hospital needs more local doctors.

34 positions are currently vacant, 14 of which are consultant roles.

Figures were revealed in yesterday's House of Keys sitting by Jason Moorhouse, who said 24 doctors are locum and six posts are junior.

The Department of Health and Social Care Minister Kate Beecroft has previously stated that the department's overspend was largely due to paying temporary doctors.

Merseyrail will stage pre-Christmas strike

Workers on Merseyrail are to stage a pre-Christmas strike in a long-running dispute over the role of guards.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) will walk out for 24 hours on December 22.

The union said the row could be "easily resolved" if senior Merseyside Labour politicians followed national Labour Party policy and supported their safety-critical rail staff, instead of acting as "human shields for profiteering private rail companies".

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