BAE Systems confirms 750 job losses for Lancashire sites

Seven hundred and fifty jobs will be cut at BAE Systems Lancashire sites in Warton and Samlesbury where the Typhoon fighter jet is built.

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Defence workers to lobby Whitehall.

BAE announced 2000 jobs are going to cut operating costs

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.

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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.

Not only is this hollowing out the UK’s ability to independently manufacture the defence equipment needed to defend our nation, but it is also harming communities that rely on defence jobs and taking money out of the British economy.

– Steve Turner, Unite

Church of England Bishops react to BAE Systems job losses in Lancashire

Left to right: Bishop Philip North and Rt Rev. Julian Henderson

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:

“The news today of the announcement of plans to cut jobs at BAE Systems, including many in Lancashire, is a cause for great sadness.

"BAE Systems is an important part of the lifeblood of this great County and the loss of these jobs would be keenly felt by many, not least those directly affected.

"Our thoughts and prayers now and in the coming days and weeks will be with those who have heard the news today.

"We understand companies sometimes have to take difficult decisions and we note BAE has pledged to support all those whose jobs are under threat, which is encouraging.

"Nonetheless, the period ahead will be a time of great worry and uncertainty for BAE staff and for their loved ones.

“So we also encourage local communities to join together in support for their neighbours, friends and families."

– Bishop Julian Henderson, Bishop of Blackburn and Bishop Philip North, Bishop of Burnley

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BAE Systems redundancy - a breakdown of areas affected

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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.
750
Lancashire
400
East Yorkshire
245
Marham and Leeming
340
Portsmouth and Solent
150
London and Guildford
30
Other locations

Workers prepare for BAE Systems' announcement over 1,000 job losses in Lancashire

Announcement about job losses expected this morning Credit: PA

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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