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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.


Plans to sell off part of BAE in Brough

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

They added:

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.

– BAE spokesperson

BAE wins £2.5BN fighter plane deal

BAE Systems at Brough Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Defence giant BAE Systems has won a £2.5 billion deal to sell 20 aircraft to Oman, helping to sustain thousands of jobs in the UK including their site at Brough in East Yorkshire.

The contract for 12 Typhoon and eight Hawk aircraft was welcomed by Prime Minister David Cameron, who will visit the Middle Eastern state today.

BAE said it is an important export contract and supports its strategy to grow international markets and export business.

The aircraft will be built in the UK and will help to sustain 6,000 high technology and engineering jobs across sites in in Brough and Warton and Samlesbury in Lancashire.

Aircraft manufacture will begin in 2014 with delivery expected in 2017.

Statement from BAE Systems over job losses

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.”

– BAE Systems


Pet cat dies after being shot

A pet cat has died after being shot in Brough.

The owner of the animal reported her cat going missing and when it returned she took it to the vet as it looked unwell.

An x-ray showed it had been shot in the leg and had to be put to sleep. It is thought the injury may have been caused intentionally.

Mixed reaction to BAE deal

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.”

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