Petition to protect bank jobs

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WORKERS at a city call centre were taking to the streets in the fight to protect jobs in Wearside today.

 Union bosses are urging the public to back calls to bring thousands of jobs back to the UK from India in a bid to reduce the impact of proposed cuts at home.

Lloyds TSB employs hundreds of staff at its centre on Hylton Riverside – but union chiefs believe they are under threat from the banks’s policy of cost-cutting.

At the end of June, the Lloyds Banking Group – formed after the merger of Lloyds TSB and HBOS in 2009 – announced plans to make 15,000 redundancies over the next three years,

The company’s strategic review involves cutting the number of non-branch offices it currently operates from 170 to just 20.

But the Lloyds Trade Union says the firm is still employing about 5,000 people in India and those jobs could be filled by UK workers who are facing the axe.

It wants the group to abandon its policy of shipping jobs abroad and bring the existing off-shore posts back to the UK from India in a bid to minimise the impact of the cuts on staff in its UK operation.

Union members were collecting signatures outside the branch of Lloyds TSB in Fawcett Strreet today.