Fylde MP Mark Menzies to meet BAE bosses over job cuts

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FYLDE MP Mark Menzies today spoke of his disappointment in the wake of the announcement of job losses at BAE Systems in Warton.

In a Trading Statement issued today, BAE outlined proposals to reduce the workforce by up to 371 roles in its Military Air & Information business, across its Samlesbury and Warton sites.

The 28 potential job losses at Warton will be in manufacturing and some associated areas, which reflects a reduction in the production rate of Typhoon major units to the optimum rate required to deliver BAE’s existing order book.

Mr Menzies said: “I am extremely disappointed that BAE have had to announce job losses at Warton.

“I urge the company to do all it can to mitigate these potential job losses and to make cuts to its workforce without using compulsory redundancies, as far as possible.

“I have arranged to host a meeting of top BAE officials and Lancashire MPs to do all we can to help with this process.

“This is the start of a very difficult time for all employees and their families and I am committed to supporting them through it.”

Alongside these potential job losses, BAE also announced that it had agreed the requirement for 22 Hawk advanced jet trainer aircraft, associated ground equipment and training aids with the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF), which forms part of an enhancement to the Kingdom’s pilot training capacity.

Mr Menzies added: “BAE is a vitally important company, providing thousands of jobs in Fylde and across the country.

“Today’s announced job losses, coupled with its new agreement to supply 22 Hawk jets to Saudi Arabia, demonstrate the importance of backing Britain’s defence industry to win contracts abroad.

“The drive to secure export orders remains a key priority for the government.

“I have and will continue to support the company to bring in substantial orders in the future.”

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