The Blackburn Buccaneer XV168 from BAE Systems, Brough is on its to Elvington near York this morning due to scaling back of the East Yorkshire site. The journey was delayed due to cars blocking the route in Brough and is expected to take up to four hours to complete.
Union bosses say the future for BAE employees is once again uncertain after plans to sell the plant in Brough were announced.
Part of the site will be redeveloped while the rest is leased back to the aerospace giant. It's claimed the move could bring employment and a boost to the local economy - despite the hundreds of people who have been made redundant in the past 18 months.
Union bosses have cautiously welcomed plans to sell part of the BAE Systems plant in Brough to an investor. It could mean more jobs in the area.
BAE Systems has entered into a development partnership with Bridgehouse in relation to a number of sites across the UK including Brough. The agreement to purchase land and facilities on the Brough site, will see both parties work together to deliver redevelopment plans - including delivering local employment and economic benefits.
This strategic real estate partnership blends BAE Systems Real Estate Solutions 20 years’ experience of delivering transformation projects for the Company with Bridgehouse’s extensive global commercial real estate development and regeneration experience.
– BAE spokesperson
BAE Systems is committed to maintaining a long term presence at Brough and we will continue to support the Humber Enterprise partnership in attracting other companies to the Brough Enterprise Zone in order to help stimulate economic growth and employment within the area. The partnership with Bridgehouse, who bring further development and regeneration expertise, will enhance our ability to implement these plans.
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.
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.