BOMB­SHELL! 3,000 de­fence jobs blitzed

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By SI­MON DEAN

BRI­TISH in­dus­try took a blitz­ing yes­ter­day af­ter the coun­try’s big­gest war­plane maker con­firmed it was shed­ding 3,000 jobs.

BAE Sys­tems, part of the high-tech con­sor­tium that makes the ill-starred Ty­phoon Eurofighter, gave de­tails of a huge re­dun­dancy pro­gramme.

Ian King, BAE chief ex­ec­u­tive, said in a state­ment that the com­pany must “en­sure its long-term fu­ture”.

Union lead­ers said staff were “dis­traught and tear­ful” at the news. BAE em­ploys 40,000 peo­ple in the UK and 100,000 world­wide, but the big­gest job cuts will be at sites in Lan­cashire and York­shire.

The Brough fac­tory, in East York­shire, will lose 900 jobs from its work­force of 1,300.

At Sam­les­bury, in Lan­cashire, 565 jobs will go from the 3,970strong work­force. And at War­ton, Lan­cashire, 843 posts will be lost among 6,537 staff.

Among other plants af­fected are op­er­a­tions in Dorset, Hamp­shire, ex­port con­tracts, it does re­duce the work­load at a num­ber of our sites.”

He said changes in the US de­fence bud­get would also af­fect BAE’s work­load.

Unite, the big­gest union at BAE, said: “We will be do­ing every­thing we can to mit­i­gate the im­pact of these cuts.”

TUC gen­eral sec­re­tary Brendan Barber told the Labour Party con­fer­ence in Liver­pool that the job losses were “yet an­other body blow to Bri­tain’s man­u­fac­tur­ing base”.

Busi­ness Sec­re­tary Vince Cable said: “This news will be a se­ri­ous knock to the in­di­vid­u­als and com­mu­ni­ties af­fected.

“My of­fi­cials are al­ready in touch with­BAE, lo­cal au­thor­i­ties and lo­cal en­ter­prise part­ner­ships to make sure every­thing pos­si­ble is done to help those af­fected.” Sur­rey, and Es­sex.

Most of the cuts will be made in BAE’s mil­i­tary air­craft divi­sion, which is be­ing af­fected by a slow­down in or­ders for the Eurofighter.

Mr King said: “Some of our ma­jor pro­grammes have seen sig­nif­i­cant changes.

“The four part­ner na­tions in the Ty­phoon pro­gramme have agreed to slow pro­duc­tion rates to help ease their bud­get pres­sures.

“Whilst this will help ex­tend our pro­duc­tion sched­ule and en­sure the pro­duc­tion line stays open un­til we re­ceive

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