BAE redundancies 'may leave Brough plant short-staffed'
UNION bosses fear there will not be enough staff at BAE's Brough site to carry out the remaining work after details of compulsory redundancies were announced.
The company says it will begin shedding staff next year, with about 120 set to leave the East Yorkshire factory.
The compulsory redundancies will be phased over the first six months next year.
In September last year, BAE announced it was closing the Brough site, with the loss of 899 jobs.
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But in May, the company brought in work to the factory which it said would mean hundreds of compulsory redundancies would be avoided.
It promised there would be no compulsory redundancies this year.
A total of 223 staff have already left voluntarily.
Unite's staff convenor Ian Gent said: "These are not new redundancies but ones that have been planned. The staff affected have been briefed.
"This will bring staff numbers down to the level the company feels can carry out the contracts we have.
"The argument we keep making is that there will not be enough workers to meet the planned work.
"Our feeling is that the staff levels we will have after these redundancies will not be sustainable.
"But we will continue to fight for more work and secure as many jobs as possible. None of this changes our ambition to secure further contracts."
Fitters and refitters are set to be the first to go and then the other redundancies will be staggered throughout.
Mr Gent said: "We have worked through lots of mitigation and a number of people have already left.
"By the time we get through the first six months 120 more staff will have gone.
"What doesn't change is that we will continue to have talks about how we can avoid these job losses.
"Those that have left have found employment but many have had to leave the area, which was our big concern in the first place."
The Brough site makes component parts for BAE's flagship aircraft the Hawk.
Back in May, BAE Systems agreed to mitigate more than 200 jobs by bringing work previously done under subcontract elsewhere back in-house.
It means the future of the site, which will manufacture small assembly parts for all future Hawk orders, including one placed by Saudi Arabia for 22 jets, is secure for at least another two years.
A spokesman for BAE said: "While we continue to explore all opportunities for mitigation, sadly, in certain areas at Brough it is unlikely we will be able to mitigate all the potential job losses.
"We have communicated to our employees those areas where it maybe necessary to make compulsory redundancies and when they would take place.
"The company has given a commitment that no employee will leave the business at Brough before the end of January unless they do so voluntarily."