Business round up

This week’s business round up

Nissan’s New Deal staff

Car manufacturer
Nissan will use New Deal recruits to build the Micra in Sunderland. One of the
biggest employers in the North East, Nissan will use the New Deal 25-plus
programme to build the new model, which is due out next year. Train companies
have backed the scheme, offering half-price vouchers to allow them to have
affordable transport. Nissan managing director John Cushnaghan said, "The
quality of the New Deal training programme means six out of 10 applicants are
successful, compared with six out of 100 who have come from normal sources."
www.dfee.gov.uk

Jobs axed at Eircom

Telecoms operator
Eircom plans to cut 3,500 jobs by 2003, leaving a core workforce of 9,000. In
the short term, Ireland’s former state-owned company is to cut 320 jobs as part
of a strategic review to focus on its Net service provider operations. Staffing
levels will be cut by 200 in Ireland from its multimedia activities, with 40
jobs going in Northern Ireland and 80 in the UK. Eircom, sold its £2.2bn mobile
phone business to Vodafone. www.eircom.com

Marconi redundancies

Marconi says 1,500
UK-based jobs may be axed within 12 months due to restructuring. The cuts are
part of 3,000 world-wide redundancies will trim the telecoms firm’s workforce
to 55,000. The Manufacturing Science and Finance Union claims Marconi is
sacrificing its skills base for a short-term share price gain. But Marconi
plans to expand in the UK by opening centres of excellence, expected to create
3,000 jobs, within two years. www.marconi.com

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