1400 jobs go at BAE

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THE Fylde coast was dealt a devastating blow today as BAE Systems confirmed 3,000 potential jobs losses – more than 800 at its Warton site.

THE Fylde coast was dealt a devastating blow today as BAE Systems confirmed 3,000 potential jobs losses – more than 800 at its Warton site.

BAE Systems' plant at Warton

BAE Systems' plant at Warton

Workers were told the news they had been fearing in meetings with management this morning.

A statement from the aerospace giant said: “BAE Systems has today announced nearly 3,000 potential job losses within its Military Air & Information (MAI) and Shared Services businesses and at its head office. This announcement is in response to changes in key programmes and the need to maintain competitiveness through offering affordable products and services to customers. “

BAE said 843 jobs would go at its Warton plant and administration offices in Preston. The majority of jobs - reportedly 822 – will go from Warton.

Another 565 will go at Samlesbury, near Preston.

The potential job losses at Samlesbury, Preston and Warton – which employs 6,537 staff – are associated with a slowdown in the production of the Eurofighter Typhoon and F-35 Strike Fighter.

Ian King, (right), Chief Executive at BAE Systems, said: “Our customers are facing huge pressures on their defence budgets and affordability has become an increasing priority. Our business needs to rise to this challenge to maintain its competitiveness and ensure its long-term future.

“Some of our major programmes have seen significant changes. The four partner nations in the Typhoon programme have agreed to slow production rates to help ease their budget pressures. Whilst this will help extend our production schedule and ensure the production line stays open until we receive anticipated export contracts, it does reduce the workload at a number of our sites.

“Pressure on the US defence budget and top level programme changes mean the anticipated increase in F-35 production rates will be slower than originally planned, again impacting on our expected workload. To ensure we remain competitive, both in the UK and internationally, we need to reduce the overall costs of our businesses in line with our reduced workload.