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RBS to cut 246 jobs in London and Hornchurch

The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) is to cut 246 jobs in London and Essex.

The bank says the mostly clerical jobs are mainly based at Hornchurch in Essex and Great Tower Street in London.

It said compulsory redundancies would be kept to a minimum and it would help employees "seeking redeployment opportunities".

But the Unite union said the cuts were "unnecessary and avoidable", adding that the work at the offices was still needed.

National officer Dominic Hook said: "Staff will be recruited in other parts of the country in order to do the work currently undertaken at these sites.

"While RBS state that they are committed to identifying redeployment opportunities, these do not appear to be viable geographical alternatives."

RBS said it was "clearly difficult news" for staff affected by the changes.

"We will do everything we can to support them, including seeking redeployment opportunities wherever possible and ensuring that compulsory redundancies are kept to a minimum," the bank said.

In September, RBS announced a deal to create a new "challenger" bank, with more than 300 branches in the Midlands and the north-west of England, which has prompted the job cuts in London and Essex.

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