Letter: Upsize their tax bills

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Sir: Reaction to the news that BA intends to "downsize" by 10,000 of its employees must be one of horror (report, 9 September). It is not long since the guru who started the cult of downsizing admitted that he had got it wrong.

The Government ought to introduce an additional tax against future profits which can be used to fund retraining programmes, professional job search and counselling, income support, business start-up schemes and so on for those affected. Companies would then have to take a more balanced decision about large-scale redundancies.