multi-million pound refurbishment of one of the country’s best known concert
halls will lead to 181 job losses.
Royal Festival Hall, part of London’s
South Bank Centre, is to close from July 2005 until January 2007 for £71m worth
have started with unions over the redundancies, with volunteers being sought to
avoid compulsory lay-offs. Terms and conditions for the staff who remain are being improved.
Amicus union said it was working with the company to keep job losses to a
hall, which opened in 1951, is a Grade I listed building situated alongside the
banks of the River Thames.