Unite Wales has today (6 August) welcomed Sir Keir Starmer’s call for the UK government to extend its furlough scheme for the aerospace sector. The leader of Labour party made the call following a visit to the Airbus site at Broughton where alongside Welsh first minister Mark Drakeford he met senior Unite representatives to discuss the crisis that is engulfing the aerospace sector.

Peter Hughes, Unite Wales secretary, commented: “Unite very much welcomes Sir Keir Starmer’s call for an extension of the furlough scheme for the aerospace sector. The aerospace sector is an exceptional case which is taking an enormous hit due to the effect of Covid-19 on air travel. The aerospace sector is extremely important to Wales and supplies thousands of the most highly skilled and best paid manufacturing jobs that we have. The extension of furlough, alongside a comprehensive financial support package for the aerospace sector is essential if Airbus is to thrive and produce the wings of tomorrow."

Daz Reynolds, Unite convenor at Airbus, commented: “The lack of government support for Aerospace means that our plant at Broughton is not operating on a level playing field with partner plants across Europe. Both the French and German governments are backing their workers and putting the backing in place to keep their aerospace manufacturers viable and ready to bounce back quickly when the recovery comes. The Broughton workforce has shown time and again that it is world class and can hold its own against any aerospace plant across the globe. Our members are crying out for the UK government to change direction and support them and the aerospace sector before it is too late."

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Notes to editors:

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.