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Under threat defence workers from BAE Systems will be travelling to the Houses of Parliament to lobby MPs over job losses. The company is planning to cut almost 2,000 UK jobs in its military, maritime and intelligence services under moves to streamline its business. The biggest cutback will be in the military air business, with 1,400 jobs set to be axed across five sites over the next three years, including Warton and Samlesbury in Lancashire, where the Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft assembly takes place.
The lobby is organised by the UNITE union who are demanding the government takes back control of Britain’s defence capability and spends the UK’s defence budget to support jobs in Britain rather than in factories overseas.
Bishop, Rt Rev. Julian Henderson and Suffragan Bishop, Rt Rev. Philip North from The Church of England in Lancashire's Diocesan have reacted to BAE Systems jobs losses in the region:
BAE Systems is planning to cut almost 2,000 jobs in its military, maritime and intelligence services under moves to streamline its business and have a "sharper" competitive edge, the defence giant has announced.
Seven hundred and fifty of the jobs will be cut at the firm's Lancashire sites in Warton and Samlesbury where the Typhoon fighter jet is built.
- Here's a simple breakdown of what areas across the country will be affected.
An announcement is expected later over the future production of the Eurofighter Typhoon jet. It is feared up to a thousand jobs could be lost in Lancashire with up to 2,000 losses at the firm's sites across the country.
Unions at Warton and Samlesbury, where aircraft assembly takes place, are demanding urgent talks with the company which is the UK's biggest defence contractor.
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Up to 2,000 jobs will be cut to streamline the business and have a "sharper" competitive edge, the firm has announced.