Unite the union has reacted with shock to the news that up to 70 jobs are to be lost at RAF Valley as part of the UK government's defence review.

Daryl Williams, Unite regional officer, commented: “The news that more jobs are to be lost at RAF Valley will come as another huge blow to the workforce and the local economy.

"Confirmation of the decision to take the T1 Hawk out of service wasn’t unexpected given the announcement in the earlier defence review but the speed of the timetable of March 2022 has come as a shock to Unite members. Up to 70 skilled jobs are now set to be lost. Unite is seeking urgent clarity over the future of the servicing and maintenance of the Red Arrows, as this could at least protect some jobs.

"The timing couldn’t be worse given that Unite is already in formal consultation with Babcock over the loss of 47 jobs on the T2 Hawk aircraft. In addition, 15 jobs will be lost in October as the engine bay work is transferred to Rolls Royce in Bristol. It feels like death by a thousand cuts at the moment.

"Unite raised its concerns last summer that job cuts were looming which could see the loss of skilled work and the resulting blow to the islands economy but we take no pleasure in being proven right on this. Unite remains opposed to compulsory redundancies and will do everything we can to support our members in the coming months.”

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Notes to editors:

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.

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