600 jobs to be axed at BAE Systems
1 June 2012
BAE Systems is planning to axe 600 jobs and close a site responsible for making tanks during the First World War.
330 jobs will be lost at the firm’s site when it closes in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, with 200 roles to go from sites in its munitions business. A further 97 jobs will be lost in Washington.
The proposal to close the old Vickers site in Newcastle at the end of 2013 followed a review that concluded there was no prospect of new UK armoured vehicle manufacturing work once production of Terrier vehicles ends.
Charlie Blakemor, MD says: "We need to adapt to challenging market conditions and reduce our overheads to drive better value for our customers and increase our competitiveness in the export market.
"I know this is difficult news for employees and we will do all we can to help them through this difficult period and mitigate the proposed job losses."
Leader of Newcastle City Council, Nick Forbes, says: "Our priority is the future of the workers, so I have asked the council’s chief executive to set up a taskforce which will help the workers find alternative employment and bring all the relevant public and private partners together to respond effectively.”
Ian Waddell, National Officer at Unite, adds: "The lack of an industrial strategy for the defence industry is putting highly-skilled jobs at risk and bringing economic misery to areas, such as Newcastle, that have already been battered by the government’s austerity programme.
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