A fresh round of job cuts in Lloyds Banking Group today has brought the number of losses since its takeover of HBOS last year to over 15,000.
The 373 job losses announced today in its Brighton call centre come on the back of 300 redundancies last week.
The bank said it will shut the call centre, which employs 535 people, in May next year. Although 162 roles are to be redeployed, the rest will be lost.
A spokesman for the bank insisted customer service would remain unaffected as work undertaken in Brighton would be managed at other call centers.
A spokesman says: "We are confident we have the capacity in other call centres to manage the calls."
Lloyds, which is 43% owned by the British taxpayer, has come under fire from unions over the scale of the cuts.
Rob MacGregor, national officer at Unite, says: "We are astounded. There have been in excess of 15,000 job losses announced since the formation of this organization."
Lloyds took over HBOS last year in a deal brokered by the bank's chairman, Victor Blank, and Gordon Brown. The deal has proven to be disastrous and led to Sir Victor's resignation from the group.
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