Rolls-Royce’s business case to cut 2,600 jobs came under fire from Britain’s largest union Unite today (Thursday 11 December) as the company released further details on where it would be cutting jobs in its aerospace division.
Today’s announcement spells the end of the precision manufacturing facility at Derby with the loss of 190 jobs and sees 140 going at Ansty in Warwickshire with the closure of the turbine blade machining facility. The company also informed the workforce that an as yet unspecified number of roles will also be going in this first tranche of cuts from other parts the business.
Urging Rolls-Royce to give commitments over its manufacturing future in the UK, Unite warned that the cuts programme would result in vital skills being lost to the UK economy and see Rolls-Royce outsourcing jobs overseas to plug the skills gap.
Commenting, Unite regional officer Tony Tinley said: “These cuts are a huge loss of skills to the UK economy and will result in Rolls-Royce outsourcing high-tech manufacturing jobs overseas to plug the skills gap in the future.
“The UK workforce is world class and has proved time and time again to be at the cutting edge of engineering. Rolls-Royce needs to give assurances over its long term future and manufacturing in the UK.
“There is a real danger that Rolls-Royce is making decisions in the short-term which it will later regret and it needs to give a guarantee of no compulsory redundancies.”
For further information please contact Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869.
Notes to editors:
Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey