October 20 2014 Latest news:
Monday, February 25, 2013
Recruitment for more than 700 jobs at the new Tesco warehouse will prioritise the 800 workers being made redundant at a Harlow depot, the company says.
The supermarket announced the fresh food distribution centre will open at Beam Reach, Dagenham – the redevelopment area on the north banks of the Thames – in June, creating an expected 756 new roles.
Tesco said the new distribution centre is a “significant investment in the local economy and will create hundreds of jobs for local people”.
However the company is also cutting more than 800 jobs through the closure of its distribution centre in Harlow.
A spokeswoman confirmed employees facing redundancy would be prioritised in recruitment for the new Dagenham centre, as well as for another new depot being opened in Reading in May.
She said: “It is difficult to judge how many would want to transfer to Dagenham. We will consider any other Tesco site where there are vacancies. There are lots of options nearby to Harlow over and above Dagenham.”
A bus driver who hit and killed an elderly Dagenham couple with his double decker has today been jailed for two-and-a-half years.
Former Phones 4U stores in Barking and Dagenham have reopened as Vodafone shops, following the collapse of the high street chain last month.
A bitter row has broken out between the council and union bosses after plans to axe trade union posts were announced under fresh cuts to services, with one union member accusing the all-Labour council of supporting the BNP.
Seven decades after putting his life on the line during the Second World War Arctic Convoy missions, George Samuel Barker has been recognised for his bravery. He talks to reporter Anna Silverman about life at sea and his pride at collecting the medal.