Hundreds of job to be axed as BAE Systems’ site closes

Posted on 1 Mar 2012

BAE Systems confirmed it will stop manufacturing at its Brough, East Yorkshire plant next year, as part of its plans to cut costs to remain competitive.

Production at the aircraft factory, which employs 1,300 people, will end after almost a century, resulting in 845 redundancies. The site, however, will be used for structural and dynamic testing and for engineering support. About 400 workers will be employed there.

Remaining staff have been applying for voluntary redundancy or offered positions in the company’s other sites in UK and Australia.

A BAE Systems spokesman said: “No viable and practical alternative has been found despite the extensive and meaningful consultation that has taken place with the trade unions and executive representatives.”

More details are available on the BBC website