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December 9, 2010    

BAE Systems to cut 1,400 UK jobs

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by Kay Murchie

Defence giant BAE Systems has today announced plans to reduce its workforce by 1,400 - primarily the result of the Government’s decision to cut back on defence spending.

The jobs will go in Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Moray, Ayrshire, Hampshire, Rutland and Somerset.

In a statement, the company said: “Following a detailed review of the implications of the UK government’s Strategic Defence and Security Review … BAE Systems has announced it has started consultation regarding potential job losses.”

The Unite union described today’s announcement as “a tragedy for the workforce and for Britain” and is urging the Government to reconsider its plans for defence.

The news of the job losses comes just a few months after the firm announced 740 jobs would be axed across five sites in Britain. These job losses were attributed to a reduced workload on aircraft projects such as the Hawk trainer jet.

The company, which is Europe’s largest defence contractor, has a global workforce of more than 100,000 people.

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