Jobs axe falls

PUBLISHED: 09:50 23 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:52 26 October 2009

Hundreds of posts under threat

Hundreds of posts under threat

HUNDREDS of jobs could be lost across the borough as shake-ups take place in business, education and government. Up to 215 posts could go at T-Mobile s headquarters in Hatfield. And an unknown number of redundancies from around 700 staff will be made at

Hundreds of posts under threat

HUNDREDS of jobs could be lost across the borough as shake-ups take place in business, education and government.

Up to 215 posts could go at T-Mobile's headquarters in Hatfield.

And an unknown number of redundancies from around 700 staff will be made at Oaklands College.

Borough council workers could also see themselves out of work as services are privatised.

A spokesman for T-Mobile said the Hatfield Business Park employer would lay off 215 staff in the "worst case scenario".

He said an internal restructure meant the businesses wanted less backroom staff and more people who deal with customers face-to-face.

Oaklands College also plans to restructure with some support staff roles being lost.

It is not known how many of these will be at the WGC campus.

Principal Mark Dawe said: "The changes are being implemented through a consultative process involving all staff.

"Regrettably we will have to lose a number of staff, but not before ensuring there is no other suitable position open to them."

Changes are expected at the college by mid-March.

* AN UNCERTAIN future is on the cards for Welwyn Hatfield Council workers, the WHT can reveal.

Staff were expecting to be guaranteed a post when their role was privatised by the council.

But Unison officials now fear workers could be made redundant immediately by any new contractor who takes over.

Regional spokesman Nalin Cooke said: "Staff are obviously upset.

"The heart of the council is being ripped out."

Unison also confirmed that a base for staff would no longer have to be in the borough.

It is possible that a base could be in London, or the call centre be moved to India.

A council spokeswoman was unavailable for comment.

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