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BAE job losses may exceed 3,000

Monday September 26th 2011

Over 3,000 jobs may be lost at defence firm BAE Systems, something unions warned would strike a "hammer blow" to the manufacturing industry.

Sites in Warton, Lancashire and Brough in East Yorkshire are understood to be the ones affected by potential job losses.

The Unite union wants clarification of the sites which may be hit and said it will press for voluntary redundancies.

Over the coming days, workers will find out if their jobs at the military aircraft division of the firm are at risk.

Ian Waddell, Unite national officer, said: "These job losses will be a hammer blow to the UK defence industry, which is already reeling with the consequences of the Government's 'buy off the shelf' policy."

Shadow defence secretary Jim Murphy said the news was "a devastating blow" for the two counties, and "a real knock" for manufacturing in the UK.

"We need a fast response from ministers with a clear plan of action," he added.

Copyright © Press Association 2011

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