Rolls Royce confirms job losses set for Solihull plant as civil aviation orders nosedive - The Solihull Observer

Rolls Royce confirms job losses set for Solihull plant as civil aviation orders nosedive

Solihull Editorial 5th Jun, 2020   0

ROLLS ROYCE has confirmed job losses announced earlier this month will fall in Solihull.

The engineering company confirmed 175 workers at its aeroplane ECU factory at the Birmingham Business Park could face redundancy.

Voluntary redundancies have been opened to all employees, as the heritage engineering brand battles a down turn in the civil aviation market.

Around 3000 jobs are expected to be cut across Rolls Royce’s civil aviation businesses in Derby, Ansty and Stoke-on-Trent.

A spokeswoman for Rolls Royce said: “Following constructive talks with trade union and employee representatives, we have opened voluntary severance to all Civil Aerospace employees in the UK.

“Offering Voluntary Severance is an important step as we resize our business to adapt to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the aviation industry.

“Because of the unprecedented impact of the crisis on our Civil Aerospace business, we will unfortunately lose people who have worked hard to establish our world-leading position.

Announcing the probability of redudancies earlier this month, Warren East, Rolls-Royce, CEO said: “This is not a crisis of our making. But it is the crisis that we face and we must deal with it. Our airline customers and airframe partners are having to adapt and so must we. Being told that there is no longer a job for you is a terrible prospect and it is especially hard when all of us take so much pride in working for Rolls-Royce. But we must take difficult decisions to see our business through these unprecedented times.

“Governments across the world are doing what they can to assist businesses in the short-term, but we must respond to market conditions for the medium-term until the world of aviation is flying again at scale, and governments cannot replace sustainable customer demand that is simply not there.

“We have to do this right, which means we will work closely with our employee and trade union representatives as appropriate, look at any viable alternatives to mitigate the impact, consult with everyone affected and treat our people with dignity and respect.”


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