Scots jobs at risk as BAE Systems cuts 2000 United Kingdom posts

Scots jobs at risk as BAE Systems cuts 2000 United Kingdom posts

Scots jobs at risk as BAE Systems cuts 2000 United Kingdom posts

Britain's Unite union said it would fight the "devastatingly short sighted" job losses as BAE said it will also cut around 375 jobs at its maritime operations and 150 roles at its Applied Intelligence business, as part of a reorganisation created to be make the business more competitive.

"I recognise this will be hard news for some of our employees and we are committed to do everything we can to support those affected", he said.

BAE Systems, which employs 34,600 people in the United Kingdom, already has reduced Typhoon production as orders have slowed.

"The organisational changes we are announcing today accelerate our evolution to a more streamlined, de-layered organisation, with a sharper competitive edge and a renewed focus on technology".

A further 340 dockyard job cuts are going in Portsmouth as part of an efficiency drive, 245 at the RAF bases at Marham in Norfolk and Leeming in North Yorkshire, and 150 in London, Guildford and at other cyber-intelligence sites.

Around 375 roles will be cut in the maritime services business.

According to Sky, the job cuts are linked to a slowdown in production of the Typhoon - with ongoing uncertainty about the timing of a potentially large order from Saudi Arabia. These devastatingly short sighted cuts will harm communities, jobs and skills.

The company's chief executive, Charles Woodburn, said the changes "unfortunately include proposed redundancies at a number of operations".

BAE's decision does not appear to be related to the Brexit vote, although it is likely to feature in discussions between the prime minister, Theresa May, and United Kingdom business leaders on Monday.

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 assistant general secretary Steve Turner said: "These are world class workers with years of training and expertise on which an additional four jobs rely upon in the supply chain".

For months the company has been grappling with a slowdown in orders for the Eurofighter Typhoons.

The union estimates that by 2020, a quarter of the UK's defence spend will be benefiting American companies such as Boeing and Lockheed Martin.

"The UK government must take back control of our nation's defence and with it, play its part in supporting UK defence manufacturing jobs".

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