Rolls-Royce’s decision to announce 320 job losses, mainly at its Derby and Bristol sites, was criticised by Unite, Britain's biggest union, today (Thursday, 7 February).
The union says the company is making massive profits and has a record order book, and the job losses are, therefore, unnecessary.
Unite said that the job losses will target "indirect" workers, as the company seeks to switch resources into production activities.
Unite national officer for aerospace and shipbuilding, Ian Waddell said: "Rolls-Royce is a massive success story in UK manufacturing, making record profits and with a booming order book. The company needs the support of its employees to continue this success story and fulfil its commitments to its customers.
“Another round of redundancies in these circumstances, on top of the 400 job losses proposed in its defence business, is a criminal waste of talent that will create insecurity and damage morale in the workforce."
Unite is demanding that any restructuring or cost reduction is done without compulsory redundancy. The union claims it has a good record of avoiding compulsory redundancy by working constructively with the company and said it wants to see Rolls-Royce succeed and grow.
Ian Waddell added: "We want Rolls-Royce to prosper as this will provide job security for current employees and future job opportunities for our young people.
“I urge Rolls-Royce to abandon this plan and talk to the union about measures to further improve competitiveness without cutting loyal staff. The company does not need to disrupt the workforce in this way when it is demonstrating global success and creating huge profits.
“I call on the company to work with Unite to secure employment for the current UK workforce and for future generations."
For further information please contact:
Ian Waddell on 07768 931269
Unite regional officer (Derby) Tony Tinley on 07958 511571
Unite regional officer (Bristol) Andy McDowall on 07958 514 705
Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 07768 693940
Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.5 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.