THOUSANDS of jobs have been "axed" in the past 24-hours as businesses fight to survive after the coronavirus lockdown.
More than 12,000 jobs have been put at risk since yesterday from firms including Upper Crust, easyJet and Airbus.
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It's the biggest day of coronavirus job losses so far – the announcements come on top of those already made companies, such as Oasis and Warehouse, Cath Kidston and Clarks.
Shocking stats from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show that at least 600,000 workers have already lost their jobs as a result of the pandemic lockdown.
Experts predict that it's going to get worse with up to two million workers expected to become unemployed over the next few months as the true impact of the Covid-19 outbreak is revealed.
Many firms which survive the lockdown have been forced to slash their workforces to remain viable.
SSP Group announced up to 5,000 jobs were at risk at its hospitality brands Upper Crust and Caffe Ritazza as the restaurant industry looks to reopen on Saturday but under restricted circumstances.
The group employs 9,000 workers during peak season but it doesn't expect sales to recover as footfall at airports, train stations and motorway service stations is still far below pre-lockdown levels.
Yesterday, easyJet said it was to close its hubs at Standsted, Southend and Newcastle airports in another blow to the travel industry.
The devastating move will see 4,500 airline workers lose their jobs, while it admitted that the rest of its UK network is "under review".
Pilots union BALPA said 727 cockpit crew faced the axe – around one in three of easyJet’s 2,300 pilots in the UK.
On Tuesday, Airbus also said it will slash 1,700 jobs in the UK and 15,000 jobs worldwide.
Airbus has two factories in the UK, one in Broughton in north Wales, where wings are manufactured, and another factory at Filton in Bristol which is where cuts will take place.
It expects to make these cuts by summer 2021, but hopes the majority of redundancies will be voluntary or through early retirement of staff.
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Around 600 TM Lewin workers are to lose their jobs after the shirt-maker announced this morning that it will close all 66 of its UK shops.
Harveys collapsed into administration yesterday with the immediate loss of 240 jobs, putting another 1,300 employees at risk of losing theirs too.
Estimates by Unite union reckon that up to a third of the UK's 3.2million hospitality jobs could be slashed as punters work out new ways of socialising in a world infected by coronavirus.
The Treasury forecasts 10 per cent unemployment and company closures when his furlough scheme finally comes to and end in the autumn.
In response to a question by The Sun at a Downing Street briefing last month, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that "there will tragically be many, many job losses.
"That is just inevitable because of the effect of the virus on the economy and the shut down that has taken place," he said.
"We will be as activist and interventionist as we have been throughout the lockdown."
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