18/12/2014

Rolls-Royce Under Fire Over Job Losses

Rolls-Royce's business case to cut 2,600 jobs has come under fire from union Unite as the company released further details on where it would be cutting jobs in its aerospace division.

The announcement spells the end of the precision manufacturing facility at Derby, with the loss of 190 jobs, and also sees 140 jobs going at Ansty in Warwickshire with the closure of the turbine blade machining facility. The company also informed the workforce that an as yet unspecified number of roles will also be going in this first tranche of cuts from other parts the business.

Unite regional officer Tony Tinley said: "These cuts are a huge loss of skills to the UK economy and will result in Rolls-Royce outsourcing high-tech manufacturing jobs overseas to plug the skills gap in the future.

"The UK workforce is world class and has proved time and time again to be at the cutting edge of engineering. Rolls-Royce needs to give assurances over its long term future and manufacturing in the UK."

(CD/JP)

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