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  • TRENTON, N.J.— New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who is considering a run for president in 2016, on Tuesday proposed a massive restructuring of the public employees' pension system as he unveiled a $33.8 billion state budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year. We get it done, "Christie told the Democrat-controlled state Legislature during a speech in which he...

  • Workers at GM plant in Brazil go on strike Friday, 20 Feb 2015 | 8:51 AM ET

    SAO PAULO— An assembly line at one of three General Motors plants in Brazil has ground to a halt as workers strike to protest the planned layoffs of nearly 800 employees. The Metalworkers Union in Sao Jose dos Campos says that 5,200 workers went on strike Friday morning, stopping the daily production of 300 Chevrolet Trailblazers and S10 pickup trucks.

  • Feb 17- Oilfield services giants Schlumberger Ltd and Halliburton Co and many others in the oil and gas industry have announced plans to lay off thousands of people in the past few months as global oil prices have nearly halved since June. In January, crude prices fell to their lowest in more than five years, hurt by a global supply glut and OPEC's refusal to curtail...

  • Feb 17- Walter Energy Inc forecast a 10 percent drop in sales volume of steel-making coal for 2015 due to sluggish Chinese and European demand, sending its shares down as much as 11 percent. Walter had said in April it would stop production at its Wolverine and Willow Creek mines in British Columbia and temporarily lay off about 700 employees.

  • TORONTO, Feb 17- Restaurant Brands International is not planning further corporate job cuts at its Tim Hortons unit, its chief executive officer said on Tuesday. "We executed our organizational restructuring up front, which really focused on back office, corporate areas where we said we'd see overlap in the business," said CEO Daniel Schwartz.

  • *Telkom shuts retail stores, begins lay-offs. JOHANNESBURG, Feb 16- South Africa's biggest landline provider Telkom SA said on Monday it was laying off an unspecified number of staff, denying union claims that it may slash as many as 55 percent of its 18,000- strong workforce in a major restructuring. Telkom, in which the government owns a stake of about 40 percent,...

  • LONDON, Feb 13- "This is the really crappy part of the job, and this is what I hate about this industry frankly," the chief executive of oilfield services company Baker Hughes complained as he announced it would lay off 7,000 employees. Baker Hughes is cutting jobs in response to slumping prices and a downturn in drilling activity. Halliburton announced it will cut...

  • Iraqis must be patient on economy, prime minister says Thursday, 12 Feb 2015 | 9:36 AM ET

    BAGHDAD, Feb 12- Iraq's prime minister called on Thursday for "patience" while the government implements economic reforms that include restructuring of many state-owned companies, saying the plan would deliver growth and development. Haider al-Abadi, who took office in September after Islamic State militants seized control of large parts of north and west...

  • PARIS/ LONDON, Feb 12- Total will cut capacity and jobs at its Lindsey refinery in Britain, the French oil major said on Thursday, as the group adapts to weak demand for fuel in Europe and rising competition from overseas. European refiners have been struggling with overcapacity as the region's petrol and diesel consumption has declined over the past decade, while...

  • PARIS, Feb 12- French energy company Total will cut investment and jobs this year and accelerate its asset sales programme after taking a $6.5 billion writedown in the fourth quarter because of weak oil prices. Like many of its oil producing rivals, the Paris- based firm was forced to write down the value of North American oil sands and shale assets as well as...

  • Target hit by layoffs as Canada winds down Wednesday, 11 Feb 2015 | 11:56 AM ET
    Customers arrive at a Target store in St. Albert, Alberta, January 15, 2015.

    Target plans to lay off about 720 people as the retailer winds down its operations in Canada.

  • LONDON, Feb 11- Reckitt Benckiser Group's new cost-saving plan will include some job cuts, its chief executive told reporters on Wednesday, though he declined to say how many. Chief Executive Rakesh Kapoor said the program will look at everything from how employees travel and communicate to how they buy stationary. Reckitt will combine operations in Russia and...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 10- U.S. oil services company Halliburton said on Tuesday it expects to cut potentially more than 6,000 jobs across the globe because a "challenging market environment" resulting from low oil prices. Halliburton, the latest in a growing list of major oil industry companies laying off workers because of a worldwide glut of crude, said it expects to let...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 10- U.S. oil services giant Halliburton said it expects to cut between 6.5 percent to 8 percent of its global workforce due to the "challenging market environment" caused by low oil prices. Halliburton says impacts of layoffs will be across all company operations. Oil prices have halved since June due to a global glut of oil, forcing many firms to cut...

  • *Pakistan, like South Korea, has seen many branch closings. HONG KONG, Feb 9- Standard Chartered Plc will shift its retail banking focus to affluent clients from ordinary customers and urge them to bank online as part of a broader restructuring led by embattled CEO Peter Sands, a senior executive told Reuters. The costs cuts and the shift to wealthy clients in Asia,...

  • MUNICH/ FRANKFURT, Feb 6- Siemens Chief Executive Joe Kaeser applied the finishing touches to his overhaul of the German industrial group with the announcement on Friday of 7,800 job cuts designed to streamline management and speed decision-making. The roughly 2 percent cut to the trains-to-turbines group's global workforce will generate productivity...

  • Layoffs hit nearly 2-year high in Jan: Challenger Thursday, 5 Feb 2015 | 7:58 AM ET

    Employers cut 53,041 jobs in January, led by energy sector layoffs, Challenger, Gray & Christmas reported.

  • Weatherford to cut 5,000 jobs as it fights oil slump Thursday, 5 Feb 2015 | 7:41 AM ET
    Weatherford International signage

    Weatherford plans to cut 5,000 jobs by the end of the first quarter as it tries to save costs amid sinking oil prices and budget cuts.

  • Weatherford to cut 5,000 jobs as it fights oil slump Thursday, 5 Feb 2015 | 12:49 AM ET

    Feb 5- Weatherford International Plc plans to cut 5,000 jobs, or about 9 percent of its workforce, by the end of the first quarter as the oil services company tries to save costs amid sinking oil prices and budget cuts. Schlumberger NV, the world's largest oilfield services provider, is laying off 9,000 employees, while Baker Hughes Inc is reducing its headcount by...

  • *FY op profit down 14 percent to $6.5 billion. *Net earnings down 8 percent to $4 billion. LONDON, Feb 3- BG Group Plc has written $6 billion off the value of its oil and gas business in the fourth quarter to reflect the slump in the price of oil, forcing it to cut budgets and jobs this year.