HR news round-up: HR stories making the headlines 3 September 2010

A round-up of HR-related stories in today’s newspapers.

Negotiations aimed at averting industrial action by London Underground (LU) workers starting on Monday 6 September have broken down and the strike will go ahead as planned, reports the Guardian. The RMT union said LU had failed to remove the threat of 800 job cuts, which it says would compromise safety. The removal of this threat would have allowed “meaningful discussions” to take place.

RBS, the bank 84% owned by the state, has announced it is cutting a further 3,500 jobs, taking the total number of UK staff it has made redundant to 20,600. The Unite union described the cuts as a “horror story” and said it was “appalled” by the bank’s actions, which come only a month after it reported a profit for the first half of the year of £1.1bn, reports the Telegraph.

Thousands of NHS managers are to be offered payouts of up to £130,000 if they take voluntary redundancy, reports the Daily Mail. Around 20,000 could lose their jobs under health secretary Andrew Lansley’s plan to scrap primary care trusts.

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