New job hope for BAE staff

BAE workers hit by redundancy woes could be helped to new work by Rolls Royce.
BAE workers hit by redundancy woes could be helped to new work by Rolls Royce.
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AEROSPACE staff in Warton have been visited by Rolls Royce in a bid to find them new jobs once redundancies kick in.

Workers at the Warton site were told in September that 820 jobs would be slashed at the site.

BAE management and unions started a 90-day consultation period in a bid to mitigate as many job losses as possible – which is due to come to an end just after Christmas.

The losses – totalling 3,000 nationwide including those jobs going as a result of the end of Hawk production at Brough in north Yorkshire – have been brought about by the economic climate, no Hawk orders for five years, and the decision by the Typhoon-producing countries to slow building of the aircraft.

One Warton worker – who did not wish to be named – said: “There are appointments being made and Rolls Royce has been on site to hopefully take some of the trained engineering staff on.

“While none of us are happy at the losses, it’s good to see big companies coming in to tap into the talent we have here.

“At least BAE isn’t leaving us completely out in the cold – no-one wants to be unemployed at the end of the day.

“It’s difficult enough knowing that if we do get a new job, it’s likely to be far away from here.”

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The Gazette understands bosses at BAE invited the engine manufacturer – and other firms – in to interview staff in a bid to ensure they find employment.

Rolls Royce’s plant at Hucknall in Nottinghamshire manufactures gas turbine components for use in the defence aerospace, civil aerospace, marine and energy sectors.

A spokesman for BAE Systems said: “We are doing everything possible to mitigate potential losses while the consultation process is under way.”

Workers at the Warton site were told in September 820 jobs would be made redundant at the site.

The Indian government is set to announce in the second week of December whether it is going ahead with an order - rumoured to be worth $11bn for 126 aircraft - with the Fylde-built plane understood to be one of two the country’s defence chiefs are considering.

However, it is not thought the order would mitigate any job losses, with further orders necessary to do so.

A deal with Japan is also being lobbied for by the British Government.

MPs will debate manufacturing job losses - specifically those at BAE - on November 24.

Workers at Brough have been told they will not be served their redundancy notices on Boxing Day, with work set to continue a the plant until 2013.

In total, 899 workers on that site are set to lose their jobs.