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Steelworkers' jobs still in the balance SCORES of Teesside steelworkers' jobs were in limbo as unions battled to save them from the axe. A total of 55 workers were the latest to be singled out for compulsory redundancy but were still waiting for a final decision from local bosses after last-ditch talks with union leaders.

Fuel tax campaign threatens action FUEL tax campaigners were preparing to strike again on Teesside despite the falling price of petrol. The protesters, who blockaded the Seal Sands refinery last year, threatened to repeat their actions. Members of the Farmers for Action and People's Fuel Lobby were also staging a protest at the Shell oil terminal at Jarrow on South Tyneside.

New store axes a third of its staff A NEWCOMER to the Teesside retail scene axed almost a third of its workers less than two months after opening its doors. B&M Bargain Madness opened a store in Middlesbrough in November, but said it had cut its workforce because of a "misjudgment". Stuart Greenwood, the North-west discount store chain's boss, said: "I admit we made a mistake in hiring too many people."

Curtain to fall on town's last cinema THE Odeon cinema in Middlesbrough was to close down, the Gazette revealed. The town's last remaining cinema was facing its final curtain in June, after 62 years in business. More than 20 jobs would be lost in the town centre as a direct result of the closure.

University action hits nurse shortage A DESPERATE shortage of nurses is being aggravated by industrial action but university staff. Students on the Advanced Diploma in Nursing Studies at the University of Teesside were due to finish their course on Friday.

Hospital parking chaos PARKING chaos at a busy Teesside hospital had led to patients missing vital medical appointments, it was claimed. Health watchdogs described the car park at South Cleveland Hospital as "like Piccadilly Circus". And they warned that lives could be put at risk.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jan 8, 2011
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