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BAE delivers Christmas jobs blow


Monday December 13th 2010

Defence giant BAE Systems has announced plans to axe more than 1,300 posts across its business.

The job losses, which the company confirmed could be as many as 1,397, will be spread across a number of sites, including Samlesbury and Warton in Lancashire, Farnborough in Hampshire, Yeovil, RAF Cottesmore and RAF Kinloss.

Hundreds more jobs could be at risk after BAE confirmed that as a result of the cancellation of the Nimrod MRA4 programme, the consultation will also cover closing the Woodford site in Cheshire at an earlier time than was previously announced.

The company originally said in September 2009 that Woodford, which employs 630, would close at the end of 2012.

Meanwhile, BAE Systems Saudi Arabia has launched a consultation with unions on 90 potential job losses in its UK business, mainly at Samlesbury.

The move, which followed the Government's defence review and its decision to scrap the Nimrod and Harrier jets, was condemned by union leaders.

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