Unite Plans To Fight UK Redundancies
Trade union Unite has recently announced that it intends to fight against the redundancies announced by BAE Systems this week.
The defence contractor revealed it plans to cut nearly 2,000 jobs from its UK workforce, targeting its aerospace and marine divisions.
Unite has branded the job cuts as “devastatingly short sighted”, and revealed that it intends to fight the redundancies, adding that the decision will be detrimental for the UK manufacturing industry as a whole.
Assistant general secretary Steve Turner said that the union will not “stand by and allow the defence of our nation to be outsourced abroad”.
“These devastatingly short-sighted cuts will harm communities, jobs and skills,” he added.
This comes shortly after travel firm Monarch collapsed, leaving 90 per cent of its staff without jobs. Both Unite and BALPA, the pilots’ union, are supporting staff who were affected by the airline’s collapse.
BALPA is calling for a full investigation into the circumstances surrounding the company’s failure, pointing out that the airline’s pilots took pay cuts and pension losses in 2014 when Monarch was sold to Greybull.
Unite, meanwhile, is launching legal action on behalf of more than 1,800 workers who lost their jobs at the airline over the lack of consultation with regard to the redundancies.
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