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O'Rourke lays off 50 T5 workers

LAING O'ROURKE has cut another 50 jobs on Heathrow's Terminal 5 as the contract draws towards completion.

The move takes the company's workforce on the project down to 850 after a similar raft of redundancies earlier this year.

It is understood that a further 280 jobs will go when the company completes work on the £50 million multistorey car park at the western end of the T5 site at the end of April.

One union source said: 'These men are on the cards and Laing O'Rourke has tried to relocate as many as possible ? some have gone up to Doncaster ? but the reality is that in this industry you can't always do it.'

Representatives from unions TGWU, Ucatt and the GMB were due for talks with Amec on Tuesday over claims for an extra £1-an-hour bonus at T5.

The claim would cover around 350 workers and follows strikes by Laing O'Rourke civils workers on the project in December and January, which resulted in an extra 80p an hour on the bonus.