MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's largest bank Santander
Santander announced plans to fully absorb its 110 year-old Banesto brand last month, closing 700 branches to cut longer-term costs.
The bank had warned of gradual but heavy job losses when it announced the deal but did not give a specific number. Official talks with unions over the cuts will open on January 9, Cinco Dias said.
No one at Santander was immediately available for comment.
Nationalised Spanish lender Bankia
Spanish unemployment, already at a record high of 25 percent, is expected to keep growing in 2013 as other nationalised banks and struggling companies continue to cut staff in a weak economy.
Spanish airline Iberia, owned by the International Airline Group
(Reporting By Tracy Rucinski; Editing by Hans-Juergen Peters)