Unite Wales has today welcomed the announcement by Airbus that there will be no compulsory redundancies across their UK operations, including at Broughton in North Wales. The news will come as a relief to the thousands of Unite members at Broughton, who recently overwhelmingly agreed to an innovative shorter working week in order to save jobs.

Peter Hughes, Unite Wales Regional Secretary commented;

“For our members at Airbus Broughton this is great news following a turbulent year that has seen the plant rocked by the effects of COVID-19. The Welsh aerospace sector has been under immense pressure due to the decline in aircraft orders resulting from the pandemic. The workforce has remained strong and united and today’s news is hopefully the first sign that the plant is on the road to recovery”.

Daz Reynolds, Unite Convenor for Airbus Broughton commented;

“This news is an enormous relief to our members who have faced a year of continued uncertainty. Our recent agreement on a shorter working week at the plant has clearly paved the way for this announcement. Unite will continue to work constructively with the company to navigate a way out of this crisis. We are not out of the woods yet but to take the threat of compulsory job losses away is a significant step forward and great news for us all at Broughton.”

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