Thousands more jobs axed

The jobs axe cut deeper into British industry, hitting thousands of engineering, transport, legal and retail workers in another black day for employment.

The biggest losses were announced by London Underground, which said it will cut 1,000 posts, with several hundred more to go across Transport for London, although union leaders said a total of 3,000 jobs could eventually be affected.

Other major job losses included: power giant E.ON announced 450 job losses; proposals to make 340 full-time posts redundant and release 90 temporary agency staff were announced by electronics company Electrocomponents; DVD and games retailer Zavvi said another 15 of the chain's stores were to close, leaving 295 staff out of work; engineering group Cookson confirmed plans to cut nearly 180 jobs; food firm Serious Foods announced 127 jobs would go after it was forced to call in administrators.

Electrocomponents plc - trading in the UK as RS Components Ltd, based at Corby, Northamptonshire - blamed the economic downturn and said the proposed redundancies were part of £15m of cost cuts worldwide.

The job losses would hit its warehouse in Corby and small outlets nationwide, it said. Sales and distribution staff would be among those affected.

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