Following the announcement that the T1 Hawk is to be taken out of service next year, Unite has been campaigning for the Red Arrow maintenance, conversion and spares for Repairs T1 work to continue to be based at RAF Valley.

News coming out of the base is that Valley is now the front runner for this work and that it will be formally confirmed in spring 2022.

Unite regional officer Daryl Williams said: “The good news emerging from RAF Valley that a scope of works, with Valley as the sole site has been submitted has been welcomed by the workforce.

"However, the scope of works needs to go through several stages of sign off and the final proposal will not be confirmed until spring next year.

"The news vindicates Unite’s campaign for the recognition of the skills and knowledge of our members on the T1 Hawk, but given the previous manoeuvrings over moving work from Valley, until this is formally signed off by the MoD we will continue make the case and keep a close eye on developments.

"The work, when it comes, will offset the loss of the T1 jobs due to it going out of service and should mitigate the need for redundancies. I would like to thank all those who have supported the campaign so far, particularly Nia Griffiths shadow Welsh secretary and Carolyn Thomas North Wales MS. “

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