Unite assistant general secretary for manufacturing Steve Turner said: “Unite will be reassuring our members and their families today (Thursday 20 February), who are rightly concerned over their future, following yesterday’s announcement by Airbus of 2,362 proposed job losses, some 357 here in the UK within the space and defence operations.

“This a world class workforce producing world beating equipment and technologies and Unite is already in discussion at both a UK and European level with the business, and will carefully scrutinise both the number and impact of any job losses during detailed negotiations commencing next week.

“We will work tirelessly to mitigate the impact of any UK job losses as well as current short-term challenges facing the cyber intelligence and security and space business arms of Airbus.

“Unite will leave no stone unturned in securing on-going commitments to employees alongside investment plans and future workload to support all UK operations and will work with both the business and government to ensure UK national security and wider defence interests are not undermined by short-term reactions to short-term market difficulties.”

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Notes to editors:

For more information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 020 3371 2060 or 07768 693940. Unite press office is on:  020 3371 2065. Email: shaun.noble@unitetheunion.org

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