Aviation Firm Calls for Drastic Cuts
Sep, 1 2020
Imagine waking up and finding the job that you’ve come to rely is no more.
Just last week the aerospace firm Rolls- Royce in Barnoldswick took a drastic but apparently necessary decision to cut 350 jobs.
In light of the news it also announced pans to merge two factories in Barnoldswick and move some operations to Singapore.
Three months ago it appeared that some employees would be reasonably ok with less cuts that what emerged last week at a significantly less figure than 350:- two hundred and fifty.
The company haven since decided to cease making wide chord fan blades for new jet engines at the Bankfield site and transfer all the aviation equipment to Singapore by 2023.
The nearby Ghyll Brow base would then be incorporated into Bankfield.
Conservative led Mr. Stephenson expressed his concern for this bid,
“People have travelled from this factory to Singapore to help establish this factory and now we see production being off-shored to Singapore."
In addition the East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce said the decision was "really worrying".
A statement has since been released from a spokesperson on behalf of Rolls -Royce. They believe the pandemic has created an “ "historic shock in civil aviation" as it announced a pre-tax loss of £5.4bn for the first half of this year.
It’s in response to a fall in client request for civil aerospace products and services in which they have had to make a difficult but necessary decision.
The spokesperson is currently consulting with trade unions and employee representatives and appreciates the worrying time for employees at the Barnoldswick site. They will endeavour to provide support to fellow workers and their families.
^Alex Ashworth CCG UK Blogger