We caught up with Torchbearer Nigel Richardson as he carries the Olympic flame through Brough.
People have turned out in Brough to spot the Torch as it travels from Hull to York today.
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.
A protest by BAE workers, including hundreds from the site in Brough, has started in Westminster. It is taking place as the company holds its Annual General Meeting.
David Davis MP has called the plans by BAE as "short-sighted and short-termist as any Victorian capitalist you can think of."
Alan Johnson MP says: "Never been involved in a battle which is more just."
Workers from BAE Systems in Brough are in London to protest over the planned closure of the site outside the company's AGM. They have had special t-shirts made for it.
BAE Systems workers in Brough will stage a protest tomorrow, at the defence giant's Annual General Meeting in London. 845 jobs are due to go at the site as it closes down.