BOMBSHELL! 3,000 defence jobs blitzed
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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