90 day consultation period extended in bid to save 2,300 jobs


Unite has welcomed the extension of a consultation period on 2,300 potential job cuts at BAE Systems sites in Lancashire and Yorkshire.

The 90-day consultation on the cuts to the plants in Warton, Samlesbury and Brough had been due to end on 26 December. However, the company said the deadline had been extended to allow more time for talks with unions.

The union’s national officer for aerospace, Ian Waddell said: “This is excellent news and gives us further time to negotiate the best way to save these important jobs for the future of British manufacturing.

“Our members will welcome the breathing space this extra time gives us to seek to avoid compulsory redundancies and will give them some much-needed cheer at Christmas.”

Last week the battle to save the BAE plant in Brough, East Yorkshire was given a boost when members of Unite and the GMB succeeded in persuading the Prime Minister to pledge to do all in his power to defend the site at Brough.

A group of eight highly skilled BAE workers, who face the loss of their livelihoods following the coalition’s swingeing defence cuts, met David Cameron in Downing Street.

Following that meeting, David Cameron pledged to invite BAE Systems chief, Ian King, for talks with the Ministry of Defence and the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills to find a workable solution to keep Brough operating.

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