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Union says skills will be difficult to replace at Rolls Royce

The Unite union says engineering skills will be difficult to replace if there's an increase in business at Rolls-Royce.

The announcement yesterday revealed thousands of jobs will be cut Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Yesterday the company, which employs workers in Derby and Hucknall, announced it was cutting 2,600 to save money and improve efficiency.

The company employs staff in Derby, Hucknall, Warwick and Ansty near Coventry.

Report: Thousands of jobs to go at Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce has announced that thousands of jobs are to go as part of a programme to reduce costs and improve efficiency.

The company said 2,600 jobs will be lost over the next 18 months, mainly in the Aerospace division.

The firm employs staff at four locations in the Midlands, including its Derby HQ. The chief executive said these job cuts will not be the last. James Clark reports.

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BREAKING: Thousands of jobs to go at Rolls Royce

Rolls Royce has announced that thousands of jobs are to go as part of a programme to reduce costs and improve efficiency in the company.

It is not clear yet how many jobs will be lost in the Midlands Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The company says 2,600 jobs will be lost over the next 18 months, mainly in the Aerospace division.

In the Midlands, that will affect the company's sites in Derby, Hucknal in Nottinghamshire, Warwick, and Ansty, near Coventry. But it is not yet clear how many of the job losses will be at these sites.

We are taking determined management action and accelerating our progress on cost. The measures announced today will not be the last, however they will contribute towards Rolls-Royce becoming a stronger and more profitable company. We will work closely with employees and their representatives to achieve the necessary reductions on a voluntary basis where possible, while making sure we retain the skills needed for the future.

– John Rishton, Rolls Royce CEO

Airbus to fly over Rolls Royce in Derby to thank staff

The Airbus A350 will fly over Rolls Royce in Derby later today Credit: PA

Airbus will fly its new aircraft over Rolls Royce in Derby today as a 'thank you' to employees who designed, developed and assembled the Trent XWB engines.

More than fourteen hundred of the engines have already been sold.

The Airbus A350 will be flying directly from the Farnborough International Air Show later this afternoon.

Rolls-Royce in court over radiation safety charges

Rolls-Royce will appear before Derby Crown Court today accused of exposing employees to dangerous radiation.

Rolls-Royce in Derby Credit: Rui Vieira/PA

The firm faces seven charges on failing to manage the risk of exposure to ionising radiation, which comes from the radioactive sources used in the industrial work at its Marine Power Operations plant in Sinfin Lane.

The breaches are all said to have happened in 2011.

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Campaigners protest over Rolls Royce plans

Campaigners in Nottinghamshire will protest tonight over plans by Rolls-Royce to build a new factory and 800 homes in Hucknall.

The firms says it will safeguard 230 jobs and will be good for the economy.

Artists impressions of the planned new factory and residential development in Hucknall Credit: Rolls-Royce
800 homes are among the plans for the new developement in Hucknall Credit: Rolls-Royce
Map showing area Rolls-Royce hope to develop in Hucknall Credit: Rolls-Royce

Those against the plans say a nature reserve will be destroyed by the new buildings.

Rolls Royce wins £17m China contract

David Cameron is in China on a trade mission Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Rolls Royce has won a £17 million contract to supply China’s energy infrastructure. It will supply PetroChina with equipment and services to expand the flow of natural gas through the Lunnan-Tulufan branch of the second West to East Pipeline Project.

The deal has been signed while the prime minister is on a trade mission to China. More than £5.6 billion worth of deals creating more than 1,500 UK jobs have been signed between UK and Chinese firms during the visit.

Mayor proud of room for Rolls-Royce founder

One of the founders of Rolls-Royce, Sir Henry Royce, will be honoured in Derby today.

The company's chief executive, John Rishton, will open the Sir Henry Royce Room at the City Council.

Derby is very proud of its historic connection with engineering giant, Rolls-Royce.

Our city is renowned across the globe as a centre of excellence for hi-tech transport manufacturing.

– Councillor Fareed Hussain, Mayor of Derby
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