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SDSR hits UK jobs

 

BAE Systems has announced a round of job losses following the UK Government’s Strategic Defence and Security Review.

December 9: UK aerospace giant BAE Systems has announced a round of job losses following the Government’s Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) announced on October 20.

BAE says that it has now received termination notices for both its Harrier maintenance and Nimrod MRA4 production contracts, affecting 1,900 employees. Kevin Taylor, Managing Director of BAE Systems Military Air Solutions, said “Today’s announcement is designed to ensure we remain competitive as we actively pursue a number of opportunities for our other products and services both in the UK and internationally. Military Air Solutions remains a sustainable business with a strong business plan. I appreciate this is difficult news for our people and we are committed to working with employees and their representatives to explore ways of mitigating the potential job losses.”

Bernie Hamilton from the union Unite said “This is a tragedy for the workforce and for Britain. The coalition Government’s Christmas present to over a thousand skilled workers who support Britain’s armed forces is the sack. Legendary planes like the Lancaster used in the Second World War by the Dambusters will never be built in the UK again. The country that gave the world the revolutionary Harrier jump jet will lose the know-how to build an aircraft like this.”

The biggest job losses will be at the Woodford factory in Greater Manchester and Warton in Lancashire due to the cancellation of Nimrod with over 1,200 employees affected. Production of the cancelled Nimrod MRA4 is understood to have continued after the SDSR announcement but the termination will mean the early closure of the Woodford site, which was due to shut down once production of the aircraft was complete.

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