15,000 JOBS LOSS FEAR AS BAE AXES JET WORKERS
BAE Systems yesterday confirmed it was axing nearly 3,000 jobs
Wednesday September 28,2011
By Giles Sheldrick
BRITISH defence giant BAE Systems yesterday confirmed it was axing nearly 3,000 jobs blaming the cull on worldwide military spending cuts.
The long-awaited announcement follows the Government’s review of defence spending and was largely prompted by dwindling aircraft sales.
The majority of the 2,942 job losses will be in the company’s military aircraft division, severely hit by a slowdown in orders for the Eurofighter Typhoon combat jet, a joint venture between the UK, Germany, Italy and Spain.
BAE confirmed 899 jobs would go at Brough in the East Riding of Yorkshire, 843 would be lost at Warton in Preston, Lancashire and 565 at Samlesbury, also in Lancashire.
Hundreds more BAE staff will be made redundant at key military sites across the UK including Yeovil in Somerset, Farnborough in Hampshire, Filton in Bristol, Frimley in Surrey and at Royal Air Force bases in Britain.
Unions last night claimed that four other support jobs would go for every BAE one.
Dave Oglesby, of the GMB, said: “These job losses will lead directly to another 12,000 losing their jobs or incomes working for suppliers, in shops, pubs and the maintenance and construction sector.”
He said it was a major economic disaster for the areas affected and demanded Business Secretary Vince Cable create new jobs to prevent the loss of highly-skilled workers to the economy. Unite’s Ian Waddell said: “It is a dark day for British manufacturing.”
Ian King, chief executive of BAE Systems, said: “Our customers are facing huge pressures on budgets. We need to rise to this challenge to stay competitive.”