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Mixed reaction to BAE deal

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.”

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