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.
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.”