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10Feb94 UK: UCATT CONFIRMS MORE JOB LOSSES.

By Julian Birch.Construction union UCATT is planning a further round of redundancies as the recession continues to hit its contribution income.General secretary George Brumwell confirmed the cuts on Monday, but said details would be discussed in the next fortnight.And he said a major restructuring, including mergers of some regions, was also planned.Sources say up to 10 officials could go plus 18 staff, 10 at head office and eight in the regions.The cash-strapped union is deeply in debt to the Unity Trust Bank, which is insisting it keeps within a £1.4 million overdraft.Mr Brumwell told officials in a Christmas letter that contributions fell £800,000 last year.He said: 'We are looking at a reduction in regional staff and general office staff to cut back in line with our income. We are also looking at reducing further the number of officials, although I wouldn't put a number on that.'We are trying to keep our income and expenditure in balance and are on course to get back in the black.'We are still in a very deep recession and that's what's forcing our hand. We are no different from any ordinary business.'The new cuts come as UCATT continues merger talks with transport union TGWU.Fresh talks were held last week, but the two sides still have to overcome major stumbling blocks including the different structures of the two unions.'There's a long way to go yet,' said Mr Brumwell.Opponents say the cuts will make members reject a link-up.But supporters say members have to recognise the reality of the union's financial position and negotiate the best terms.- The union's Broad Left - a pressure group - this week denied previous reports that the organisation had set itself against a merger at a meeting in January.It is calling for a national conference to be held as a matter of urgency to discuss all options, including the proposals for merger put forward by the TGWU. CONSTRUCTION NEWS