Cuts were feared

Rolls-Royce axes 700 jobs at Inchinnan plant

Rolls Royce Inchinnan

Inchinnan will be hard hit by the cuts

Aerospace giant Rolls-Royce has confirmed that 700 jobs are to be axed at its Inchinnan factory near Glasgow Airport.

The company said it hopes the cuts can be achieved through voluntary redundancy. A further 1,500 are being cut at plants in the East Midlands, while more cuts elsewhere will take the job losses to about 3,000 in this first phase.

Staff at the Renfrewshire plant, which manufactures compressor blades and seals for planes, have been facing an uncertain future since the company announced plans to cut at least 9,000 jobs, mainly in the UK.

Rolls-Royce is looking at withdrawing its entire services capability from the Inchinnan site.

The company said: “Offering voluntary severance is an important step as we re-size our business to adapt to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the aviation industry.

“At our Inchinnan facility, we have indicated that the likely number of impacted roles will be around 700, based on our immediate load reduction requirements.

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“We hope to reach this number through the voluntary severance scheme that we have launched today with the support of Unite. These roles will be predominantly from our services team, which has seen a dramatic drop in demand since the start of the pandemic, and as a result we are considering withdrawing our services capability from the site entirely.

“We have briefed the Scottish Government and other local stakeholders on the business impact of Covid-19 on Rolls-Royce and are keeping them up to date as our consultation process progresses.

“This number of proposed job losses is a terrible prospect for the people and communities that are impacted, and we understand how devastating the news must be for everyone at the Inchinnan facility.”

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told MSPs today that the government is working with the trade unions and she would ask the Economy Secretary Fiona Hyslop to set up a cross-party response to the announcement.

Speaking during FM’s questions in the parliament, she said that as far as financial support is concerned the government will look at all options, within the state aid rules.

SNP MP for Paisley & Renfrewshire North Gavin Newlands said: “The workforce at the Rolls-Royce Inchinnan base have been integral – both in the UK and abroad – to the success of the firm over many years.

Rolls-Royce

The company makes aircraft engines

“The job losses announced today is devastating news which will hit workers, their families and the wider community during these difficult times.

“Throughout the period since the proposed job losses were first announced, the Scottish Government has made clear many times that it is keen to sit down with Rolls-Royce and support the operation at Inchinnan in whatever way it can. That remains the case and it is vital that the firm engages meaningfully and in good faith to protect jobs and people’s livelihoods.

“Even at this late stage, there is still time for management to have substantive discussions with unions and the wider workforce about what action is needed to weather the current economic storm.

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