Following today’s (24 June) announcement by Magellan Aerospace that the company intends to make 240 workers redundant at its site in Llay, Wrexham, Unite has reacted with anger at the scale and rationale of the decision.

Peter Hughes, Unite Wales regional secretary, commented: “Today’s announcement by Magellan is devastating news for the workforce at the plant. The proposed scale of these redundancies would affect almost half of the current employees. The potential economic consequences for the economy of north west Wales are huge.

"Whilst Unite recognises that there is intense pressure on the aerospace sector at present, it is crucial that Magellan is in a position to pick up production levels quickly once the pandemic and its effect on the sector eases. If Magellan loses almost half of its highly skilled workforce, then bouncing back in a post=Brexit economy becomes extremely difficult.

"Now is not the time for rash decisions. Magellan needs to hold its nerve and work with us to preserve jobs and find a way through the current slowdown in the sector. Magellan and in particular its owner Murray Edwards have a moral obligation to its loyal workforce and the communities that they and their families live in. Mr Edwards should be digging into his very deep pockets and ensure that aerospace manufacturing not only survives in north east Wales but indeed thrives into the future. There must be an urgent overhaul of the company’s business strategy so that in future it is shielded from the ‘all eggs in one basket’ business model that it currently has.

"Unite will be doing everything possible to support our members during this difficult and worrying time."

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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.