UK: Lloyds announce plans to slash 15,000 jobs
LLOYDS Bank has today announced plans to slash a further 15,000 jobs in two years, in a bid to save �1.5billion a year.
The huge round of job cuts was unveiled by the banking group’s new chief executive Antonio Horta-Osorio as part of his strategic review for the taxpayer-backed lender.
The latest cull will bring total job losses at the 41% state-owned bank to more than 40,000 since the group was formed in 2009 when Lloyds TSB and HBOS merged.
Pledging to create a more “agile” organisation, Mr Horta-Osorio said the majority of the job cuts were likely to be in middle management and back office roles rather than in branches.
Lloyds will also look to use natural staff attrition and internal redeployment rather than redundancy where possible.
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However, the Unite union said the review will cause “deep distress and anxiety” across the company.
David Fleming, Unite national officer, added: “Astonishingly one in eight roles will be lost over the next three years. This review is merely another box-ticking exercise to give this bank - which has already, since its creation two years ago, cut over 27,000 staff - an excuse to sack more employees.”
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Mr Horta-Osorio, the Portuguese-born banker who took the top post in March after being poached from rival Santander, also announced plans to reduce the company’s international presence from 30 countries to less than half that number by 2014. He also pledged to revitalise the Halifax brand.