Rolls-Royce jobs bombshell

Job losses on the way
Job losses on the way

Hundreds of jobs are set to be axed at Rolls-Royce factories in the UK under plans by the engineering giant for a worldwide cutback, workers have been told.

Derby will bear the brunt of the cuts, with plans for around 300 job losses, almost half the total.

The jobs will be lost from the firm’s aerospace business following an announcement last month that 2,600 jobs will be cut worldwide over the next 18 months.

Rolls said restructuring of its turbine business would lead to the possible closure of a site in Derby and one at Ansty in Warwickshire.

Jobs are also set to go at factories at Inchinnan near Glasgow, Barnoldswick in Lancashire and Hucknall in Nottinghamshire.

Unite regional officer Tony Tinley said: “These cuts are a huge loss of skills to the UK economy and will result in Rolls-Royce outsourcing high-tech manufacturing jobs overseas to plug the skills gap in the future.

“The UK workforce is world class and has proved time and time again to be at the cutting edge of engineering. Rolls-Royce needs to give assurances over its long term future and manufacturing in the UK.”