Rolls-Royce under fire as more jobs cut

The aero-engine giant Rolls-Royce is tonight under fire for cutting more jobs in the Midlands Photo: PA

The aero-engine giant Rolls-Royce is tonight under fire for cutting more jobs in the Midlands.

Rolls-Royce say the move is all part of a plan to change the make-up of the workforce. The Unite union today said the company is shedding 320 jobs. Some of the cuts are at Bristol but ITV News Central understands there as many as 250 losses at the firm's site in Derby.

The posts that are going are support staff, not workers involved in the design and manufacture of engines. The company says to increase production and stay competitive, it needs to get "more people in frontline engineering and production jobs, and fewer in support functions."

It has also said it will try to avoid compulsory redundancies and redeploy people wherever possible.

All this comes just a month after Rolls-Royce announced it was closing its UK defence operations at Ansty near Coventry. That could mean the loss of nearly 400 jobs.

The Unite union today said the redundancies were totally "unnecessary" and said it was shocked and disappointed by the decision - especially at a time when Rolls-Royce is in such good shape.

Rolls-Royce has responded by saying the number of people it employs in the UK will actually remain constant or grow in the coming year. It says it's already taken on 600 graduates and apprentices in the last twelve months and will recruit more in the year ahead.