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Bakery job losses 'sad news' for Newport

Councillors and representatives in Newport have tweeted their disappointment at the news that reportedly 390 jobs are to go at the Avana Bakery site in Rogerstone.


My heart goes out to workers and families at Avana following jobs news - especially after the hope when the factory was bought in July.


Sad news for Avana Bakeries Welsh Gov need to demonstrate the expertise and provide support and assistance to ensure new orders forthcoming


Almost 400 jobs at risk at Newport bakery

Up to 390 jobs could be at risk at a Newport bakery, just weeks after it was bought by a new owner.

Avana Bakeries in Rogerstone was at risk of closure earlier this year after losing its contract with Marks and Spencer. It was bought by Food Utopia Limited last month. There are reports jobs could now be at risk again.

Cllr Chris Evans, who represents Rogerstone on Newport City Council tweeted his concerns.


Seems my worst fears about #Avana bakery have been realised, details still coming through, but, not, good news.

Two further nurses arrested over wilful neglect

Two more nurses have been arrested on suspicion of wilful neglect in connection with the falsification of patients' notes at the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend.

South Wales Police say the two women, aged 29 and 40, who are both from the Bridgend area, have been released on bail until a later date. Both women were previously suspended by Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board as part of an ongoing internal investigation.

A total of 15 nurses have been suspended by the health board, the majority of which had worked at the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend.

Three other nurses have already been charged with wilful neglect.


Police probe into social media cases

Hundreds of police employees have been investigated for breaching social media guidelines at forces across Wales and England.

In the past five years a total of 828 cases were reported to police bosses, one involving an officer from Gwent Police who allegedly acted inappropriately while attending a member of the public's home. They received a written warning.

An employee with Dyfed Powys Police was also accused of being 'threatening, bullying and intimidating towards a complainant by sending private messages via Facebook.'

A total of 36 cases were recorded in Wales.

CMI: Lower levels of pay for women 'can't be justified'

Figures out today show female managers in Wales are earning almost £4,000 less than their male counterparts.

The Chartered Management Institute also says more needs to be done to 'tackle gender bias' in pay policies.

Lower levels of pay for women managers cannot be justified, yet our extensive data shows the pay gap remains for too many women in Wales.

Women and men should be paid on the basis of their performance in their particular roles, but this is clearly not yet the case for far too many.

We have to stamp out cultures that excuse this as the result of time out for motherhood and tackle gender bias in pay policies that put too much emphasis on time served.

– Ann Francke, Chief Executive, CMI
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