Job losses mitigated at BAE Systems Warton

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FYLDE’s MP, Mark Menzies, has today hailed the work done to mitigate job losses at BAE’s Warton unit.

Last September, BAE Systems announced 1387 potential job losses at the Warton unit, in what was a devastating blow to manufacturing in Fylde.

But now, following some voluntary departures and retirements, hard work from unions and the company and sacrifices by the workforce, Mr Menzies understands that all 1387 job losses have now been mitigated.

He said: “This is not a time to celebrate as clearly there are people who have accepted voluntary redundancy when, in an ideal world, they may have wished to carry on working.

“However, I think it is important to point out the tremendous lengths that both the staff and the company have gone to in order to mitigate the effects of the proposed job losses.

“It goes to show unions, particularly some of those who call for industrial action at the drop of a hat, that by working together companies and workforces can help each other.

“It really is remarkable and all concerned deserve great credit.”

In March, BAE workers voted overwhelmingly to take one day’s paid leave per month in order to save more than 500 jobs.

A total of around 30 people have also moved to different locations to perform different roles within the company.

And in May, confirmation of an order for 22 Hawk trainer aircraft from Saudi Arabia saw a further 250 jobs secured.

Mr Menzies added: “I will continue to fight for Government support to export deals as the Saudi deal has shown how important they are to the people of Fylde.”

The Fylde MP has previously held a Westminster Hall debate in which he called on the Government to support export deals for Typhoon.

Recently, the Prime Minister also completed a tour of the Warton site, as well as a trip to Saudi Arabia, in which the Typhoon deal was raised.

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