Business 23 April 2013 HSBC faces potential strike after further job cuts The latest round of layoffs could be the last straw Sign UpGet the New Statesman\'s Morning Call email. Sign-up HSBC’s three year cost-cutting plan has claimed 3,166 UK jobs. Following a similar cut this time last year the Unite union is considering a strike. Unite's national officer, Dominic Hook has said: "Staff are at the end of their tether and we will be asking them in due course if they are prepared to take part in a strike ballot to oppose this unprecedented attack by this very profitable bank.". According to HSBC the bank will create 2,017 new positions and expects to fill these with former employees, cutting the total loss to 1,149 positions. HSBC's chief executive, Brian Robertson is “confident a significant majority will remain with the bank." This is the newest round of cuts in the bank’s efforts to reduce its global workforce by 30,000 by the end of 2013. This still leaves HSBC as Europe’s biggest bank with over 47,000 employees. We covered the cut of 2,200 jobs last year here › Miliband makes his first major spending pledge: Labour won't cut the NHS Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images Subscribe For daily analysis & more political coverage from Westminster and beyond subscribe for just £1 per month!