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Union call to save 3,000 BAE jobs

Friday September 30th 2011

The Government could prevent job losses at BAE Systems at the Brough and Samlesbury plants if it was prepared to invest in upgrading the Typhoon fighter to make it more exportable, the general secretary of Unite has said.

Len McCluskey said the "solution" to nearly 3,000 job losses announced earlier this week remained with ministers but they were unwilling to step in to prevent the job losses.

The coalition also needed to change procurement rules so orders were placed with British companies rather than sent overseas, he said.

If they did not act, the union would be organising a "march of the workers to focus their minds".

Making an emergency statement on the job losses at the Labour Party conference in Liverpool, Mr McCluskey said there can be "no way out of the economic crisis without a revived manufacturing sector". He said manufacturing had suffered "years of neglect under the Tories and Tony Blair alike".

Copyright © Press Association 2011

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