Category: Unemployment

Ex Ford steward calls for EU trade review

A former Unite shop steward who was employed at Ford’s Eastleigh depot  has criticised the company’s announcement to switch production of the Transit van from Swaythling to Turkey and has called on the government to review it trading agreements with countries outside the EU. Bill Chandler, 59, spent 32 years working for Ford at Barton…

Ford workers celebrate bumper pay offs

Ford has confirmed its intention to close the Transit van plant in Southampton and its associated depot in Barton Park Eastleigh with the loss of nearly 800 jobs. Although Ford workers will pocket generous separation payments, many contract workers stand to receive little or nothing when the production of the popular medium sized van moves…

Up to 300 Eastleigh worker’s jobs could go at Ford

Up to 300 Eastleigh workers at the Ford Transit plant are waiting to hear if they still have a future there as the companies multi-millionaire CEO Alan Mullaly flew into Britain today to discuss with union leaders the restructuring of Ford’s European manufacturing base which Sky News claim will result in the Swaythling plant shutting…

Hampshire Trade Unionists join London demo

A mass demonstration against government spending cuts is being held in London today and trade union members from Hampshire will join thousands of people from trade unions, community groups and members of the public who say they believe that spending cuts and privatisation is not the way to get the country out of recession and that “austerity…

Eastleigh jobless figures continue to fall

The number of people who are unemployed n Eastleigh  as measured by the number of job seekers claiming JSA has dropped for the eighth month in a row. There are now 1,462 jobseekers in Eastleigh or 1.9% of the local working age population – down from 1,750 , or 2.2%, in March . This is…

B&Q axe 220 local posts

A year after B&Q opened their new 300,000 square feet head office in Chandler’s Ford they have announced they will be sacking 220 staff. Today’s announcement follows the news that profits at the DIY retailer had fallen by £30 million after another typical British summer had caused sales of hosepipes to plummet by 25 %…

Construction commences at Ageas Bowl

Work has commenced on the new hotel, conference/hospitality and media facilities at the Ageas Bowl, in West End, Eastleigh. Performing the official “Ground-Breaking” ceremony today were the Leader of Eastleigh Borough Council Cllr Keith House and The Ageas Bowl Chairman Rod Bansgrove. Representing the Contractors, Denizen, were the SW Area Manager Howard Pearson and the Project Manager…

Rent quarter day test for struggling Eastleigh businesses

  Eastleigh businesses have until this Sunday to hit the next deadline for quarterly rent payments, where three months’ rent is paid in advance for commercial properties. This hefty bill comes as British high streets have already cut over 21,000 jobs since the start of last year, due to difficult economic conditions and the rise…

Jobless joy as vacancies jump

Unemployment as measured by number of JSA (formerly dole) claimants has dropped for the second month running. Having previously seen a run of nine small consecutive rises, the rate dropped 0.2% to end at the same level of 2.0% that it was in April 2011. The number of seekers has stubbornly hovered around the 2%…

Green jobs could boost local economy

Southampton Solent University is hosting a special ‘green jobs’ event on 21 May, when the Climate Change Caravan tour visits the city. The aim is to highlight how the creation of climate jobs can help solve both the economic and climate crises. Speakers from both of the City’s Universities, Southampton City Council, trades unions and…

Clinton Cards face administration

Another key store in Eastleigh’s embattled shopping centre is facing possible closure with the news that greetings card shop Clinton Cards will be forced it into administration later today having already suspended trading in its shares. Clinton is the UK’s biggest card retailer and employs more than 8,000 staff. It is understood that administrators will…

Bakery jobs go for housing

Up to 90 bakery workers could be left struggling to earn a crust following an announcement by British Bakeries to close the Hovis bakery in Toynbee Road by June – a move which could see 191 houses built on the site. Premier Foods, owners of British Bakeries announced last month they would be shedding up…

Eastleigh jobseekers up 14% Y.O.Y

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The number of jobseekers in Eastleigh has increased by over 14% in the last 12 months while the numbers of 18 -24 year –olds on the dole has jumped  by 27% from 365 to 500. This comes despite the Harvester restaurant opening in the Swan Centre. The latest employment figures released by  the Office for…

Comet sold off for £2!

Electrical retailer Comet, who have a superstore in Woodside avenue, has been sold today to a private equity company for just £2 leaving employees to face an uncertain future. French parent company Kesa were anxious to offload the struggling chain after revenues dived by 22%. The bad news comes days after it was announced that…

Job concerns over local housing plan

Eastleigh’s Planning Policy officer has expressed doubts over the ability of the current Local Draft Plan to deliver jobs growth over the next 20 years. He has also cast doubts on the viability of the River side project and the choice of Boorley Green as a development site. The frank assessment was delivered at a…