UNIONS have accused BAE Systems of a “disgraceful dereliction of duty” after the defence giant said it was ending negotiations over the future of hundreds of highly-skilled jobs at a Yorkshire aircraft factory.
Almost 900 workers have been facing the axe at its plant in Brough, East Yorkshire, as part of widespread cuts to its military aircraft division, and about 150 have already left.
The company said: “BAE Systems has informed employees that it has now concluded consultation on the business proposal to potentially end manufacturing at Brough. This is due to no viable and practical alternative being found despite the extensive and meaningful consultation that has taken place with the Trade Unions and executive representatives.”
Ian Waddell, national officer at the Unite union, said: “BAE Systems has displayed a disgraceful dereliction of duty to a world-class workforce. Management has chosen to take the most extreme decision by unnecessarily opting to close Brough entirely.”