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BAE Systems set to axe 230 jobs

Wednesday April 13th 2011

Some 230 jobs are set to be axed at three BAE Systems sites in the UK, it has been announced.

The company said 100 jobs are due to go in Newcastle upon Tyne, with a further 60 set to go at other sites.

Meanwhile it has begun a period of consultation with staff at its manufacturing site in Wolverhampton, where up to 70 jobs are set to be lost.

BAE said: "The vehicles business will now focus on completing current manufacturing programmes and providing support services to the British Army and other international customers.

"These support services will be consolidated on one site in Telford, Shropshire, with a proposal that services currently provided at Newcastle and Wolverhampton will be transferred to Telford during 2011 and early 2012."

Jan Soderstrom, managing director of BAE Systems' vehicles business, said: "We regret the impact that this will have on our employees. We will work with employees and trade unions to explore ways of mitigating these proposed job losses, and do everything we can to support our people throughout this process."

Tony Hammond of the Prospect trade union said the cuts were "another nail in the coffin" of military equipment manufacturing in the UK.

Copyright © Press Association 2011

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