The five signs of impending redundancy

Damian Birkel knows what it means to get the axe. In his lifetime, Birkel, 58, has been fired five times and survived four corporate reorganisations. "Losing one's job is extremely traumatic," said Birkel, the author of The Job Search Checklist and founder of Professionals in Transition, a North Carolina-based non-profit, job-search organization. "It is the most debilitating, humiliating situation." It is a reality that many people have faced. In 2012 alone, there were nearly 20.6 million layoffs and discharges in [...]

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NZ Post shuts mail centres – 120 jobs lost

NZ Post- death by a thousand cuts. Restructuring mail processing centres at the expense of 120 jobs will not affect mail delivery times, even in rural areas, New Zealand Post says. The postal operator today announced it was shutting mail handling centres in Hamilton, Wellington and Dunedin and many other centres, and consolidating operations in Auckland, Christchurch and Palmerston North. The move will see 500 fulltime jobs lost, while about 380 new jobs will be created at the three remaining sites over [...]

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Ballantynes losing 40 staff in post-quake restructure

Well done to Ballentynes for hanging off on redundancies as long as they have. Major Christchurch department store Ballantynes is laying off up to 40 staff in a restructuring exercise following the 22nd February earthquake. Managing director Mary Devine the move saying; "We are going through a full consultation with staff on the proposed restructure. It's important to note that we will still maintain staffing levels in excess of 250 in support and sales staff for our City Mall [...]

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Reading confidential docs on plane raises workplace issues

The current controversy over an insurance company employee who pulled out confidential documents about restructuring and redundancies and started reading them in full view of passengers has raised serious issues about working in transit. A passenger on the flight, Frank van der Zwaag said he was on the Auckland to Wellington flight last Wednesday evening when a woman sitting near him pulled out a stack of papers marked "private and confidential". She was wearing a badge marked "AMP", and her [...]

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