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Axed staff protest over more cuts

Protesters at Maidenhead site
Protesters say they have received support from workers

Telecoms staff made redundant without any pay or warning have taken to the picket line again amid more job cuts.

Nortel Networks UK, which has its headquarters in Berkshire, went into administration when its parent firm filed for US bankruptcy protection.

More than 220 people were laid off across the country in March. About 30 ex-staff protested at the Maidenhead site on Thursday.

Administrators Ernst & Young said more cuts were likely.

But a spokeswoman could not say how many.

There is also a protest outside the offices in Northern Ireland.

'More job losses'

Lynn Forbes, who was made redundant from head office after two years service, said staff morale was at an all time low.

She said: "Staff working there are totally demoralised.

"We don't know how many are going. The feeling inside is dire, morale is really low."

Staff were paid government redundancy which they are entitled to for up to 12 months at about £350 a week. More than 220 people have been laid off across the country.

A spokeswoman for joint administrators from Ernst & Young confirmed that more job losses would be likely.

Redundancy pay

She said: "The UK employee forum of Nortel Network UK has been notified that due to the decline in revenues it will be necessary going forward to facilitate the number of redundancies for economic reasons.

"It is too early to provide any further details."

Last month axed workers held a protest outside the London offices of administrators Ernst & Young.

The firm had employed about 1,200 staff at its Maidenhead site in Berkshire.

About 800 staff were also employed in Harlow in Essex, north Lanarkshire, London and Newtownabbey in County Antrim.

The former staff say their Nortel workers in France and Germany who were also made redundant have been given "full recognition" and redundancy pay.

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