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22 January 2013
The government's 'short-sighted' defence cuts have been blamed for the nearly 400 job losses announced today by Rolls-Royce.
Unite, the country's largest union, said that the biggest causality will be the Rolls-Royce plant at Ansty, near Coventry, which the company says will close in the future, following the announcement of 378 job losses at its UK defence operations.
Unite national officer for aerospace and shipbuilding, Ian Waddell, said:“The blame for the loss of these highly skilled jobs in the key defence sector lies with the government and its short-sighted determination to ram through massive spending cuts in the defence budget.
“Once again, Unite calls for a coherent defence industrial strategy to be drawn up as matter of urgency to safeguard jobs and a defence industry at which Britain excels. This is vital - otherwise more high-skilled jobs will be lost, perhaps forever.
“There is a very long timescale for consultation and implementation, so we hope that compulsory redundancies will be avoided. However, the underlying reason for the job losses is the government's defence spending cuts announced a couple of years ago.
“The scrapping of the Harrier fleet, for instance, has led to redundancies at the Ansty factory, which will close. Meanwhile, work from Bristol's Rolls-Royce site will go to Germany.
“Unite will be seeking an early meeting with management to discuss the implications for our members and we will taking every step to safeguard their employment now and in the future.”