Defence giant BAE Systems today confirmed talks over a potential merger with Airbus aircraft manufacturer EADS.
Bosses at BAE have announced a Hawk order which will save 218 jobs at the Brough site
Workers from BAE Systems in Brough will travel to London to protest outside the company's Annual General Meeting today.
Since the announcement on September 27th 2011, BAE Systems has been working closely with Trade Unions, employee representatives and other parties to mitigate as many of the potential job losses as possible. Whilst we continue to explore all opportunities for mitigation, sadly, in certain areas at Brough it is unlikely that we will be able to mitigate all the potential job losses and today we have communicated to our employees those areas where it may be necessary to make compulsory redundancies and when they would take place.
– BAE Systems
The Company has given a commitment that no employee will leave the business at Brough before the end of January 2013 unless they do so voluntarily.”
Over 120 workers are to lose their jobs at Brough's troubled BAE Systems plant.
Workers at the aerospace company have already been informed and the redundancies will be phased over the first six months of 2013 and will bring numbers to the level the company feels is adequate to carry out the remaining work.
Union officals representing workers at BAE systems in East Yorkshire have reacted with concern to news of a potential merger with another firm.
It's reported BAE - which employs around eight hundred people at their plant in Brough is considering teaming up with the parent company of Airbus. It's understood a final deal hasn't been reached but talks are said to be at an advanced stage.
Ian Waddell, Unite National Officer for Aerospace, commenting on the contract from Saudi Arabia for Hawk jets to be built at BAE in Brough, said:
This is good news for BAE, but makes no difference to the Brough site. This contract was always in the plan and the announcement has been anticipated for the last year.We’ve managed to save about 200 jobs at Brough, but still have a massive challenge to save the other 650.
There are other BAe sites across the North West where workers are also frightened for their future and thousands of jobs are at risk. Two hundred jobs saved feels like a drop in the ocean for our members.
BAE's strategy of transferring Hawk from the Brough site to Lancashire was predicated on them winning this Saudi order, so it will not save any of the jobs currently under threat at either Brough or the Lancashire sites.”
“BAE Systems can confirm that it has presented an alternative solution to ending manufacturing at Brough to its employees and their representative.
The solution, which has been made viable with the Hawk order from KSA, will mitigate 248 potential job losses at the site and guarantee a role for 30 of the site’s apprentices upon completion of their apprenticeship. A further 73 roles available for Brough employees who wish to transfer across to the Samlesbury and Warton sites.
– BAE spokesman
From the outset of consultations, the Company has been committed to, as far as possible, exploring all opportunities to avoid and mitigate the potential job losses. Through that commitment, working together with the Trade Union and Executive Representatives and a fresh approach to the Hawk supply chain, this solution has been developed. The Company remains committed to pursuing mitigation opportunities for those roles not yet mitigated.
The solution will see Brough undertake work associated with Hawk detail manufacturing and sub-assemblies.”
Union bosses have told Calendar 218 jobs have been saved at BAE Systems in Brough, in East Yorkshire.
The jobs are ones which would otherwise have been contracted out.
There were protests on the streets of London today as hundreds of workers from BAE Systems travelled to the capital in the hope that it might save more than 800 jobs.
The aerospace giant announced last year that it was closing the manufacturing facility at its Brough site, leaving just a few hundred jobs.
BAE workers are protesting in Westminster. They have also been meeting with MPs. The site in Brough is due to close next year.