BAE Systems to cut almost 2000 United Kingdom jobs

  • BAE Systems to cut almost 2000 United Kingdom jobs

BAE Systems to cut almost 2000 United Kingdom jobs

Unite stood ready to fight the job losses. It is not believed to be anything to do with Brexit.

FTSE 100 giant BAE employs 34,600 people in the United Kingdom out of a global workforce of 83,100.

'If and when there are any changes proposed we are committed to communicating with our employees and their representatives first'. Steve Turner, said: "If these job cuts materialise it will significantly undermine our nation's sovereign defence capability and leave us reliant on foreign powers and foreign companies for the successor to the Typhoon and the defence of the nation".

Amid stiff competition from the new F-35, BAE had been hoping to make up the shortfall by increased Typhoon orders from Saudi Arabia, "but the political controversy surrounding arms sales to the Middle East Kingdom probably hasn't helped", says BBC defence correspondent Jonathan Beale.

Unite estimates that by 2020, a quarter of the UK's defence budget will be spent buying military platforms from companies such as Boeing and Lockheed Martin.

No jobs are at risk at BAE's facilities on the Clyde, where it is building the next generation of Royal Navy frigates. Once these jobs are gone, they are gone for a generation and with them the skills and ability to control our own defence and manufacture the next generation of fighter jets and other defence equipment in the United Kingdom ...

GMB national officer Ross Murdoch said that the Government must "stop dithering if it wants to save the UK's highly skilled aerospace jobs".

Unite's assistant general secretary, Steve Turner, said: "These planned job cuts will not only undermine Britain's sovereign defence capability, but devastate communities across the United Kingdom who rely on these skilled jobs and the hope of a decent future they give to future generations".

"However, there can be no certainty as to the timing of these orders and, in any event, any new orders are unlikely to positively impact production delivery rates for at least 24 months".

BAE chief Charles Woodburn warned when he took the helm of the firm in August that Typhoon orders needed careful monitoring. It also has substantial operations in Saudi Arabia, India and Australia.