Workers at the Rolls-Royce factory in Patchway will not be affected by the loss of nearly 400 jobs within the firm’s defence division, says the Bristol Post.
News emerged on Tuesday that the company had begun consultation on staff reductions at its defence division plant at Ansty, near Coventry, where 378 “highly skilled” jobs are at risk.
The Unite union put the blame for the company’s decision on the Government for what it called “short-sighted” cuts to the national defence budget, but The Post says the running down of defence contracts could in fact turn out to be a “boost” for the Patchway plant, as it expected to benefit from work transferred from a Rolls-Royce site in Dahlewitz, Germany.
A Rolls-Royce spokesman said:
“We are in consultation with trade unions over reductions in our defence workforce at Ansty. We hope to achieve this without compulsory redundancies. Ansty also conducts civil aerospace business which is not affected.”
Last February, Rolls-Royce announced record annual profits of more than £1 billion for 2011.
The company employs just under 4,000 people at the Patchway site.
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