BAE workers vote for unpaid leave to save jobs

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BAE workers voted this morning to take unpaid leave in a move that will save 85 jobs at the firm’s Warton and Samlesbury plants.

Shop floor workers gathered at the Winter Gardens to vote on the proposals that will see them take 111 hours’ unpaid holiday per year for the next two years.

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The move, suggested by union leaders, won overwhelming support from the 2,000-strong attendees.

Unite Union convener Phil Entwistle said: “We only counted around six hands that rejected the proposal and that shows the members are very conscious of the economic state of the company and know that there aren’t jobs out there.

“It means a sacrifice that is well worth it.”

BAE announced 822 job losses at Warton last year as production on Eurofighter Typhoon slowed down.

A total of more than 1,000 job losses have been mitigated so far.