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BAE Confirms No Jobs Will Go At Barrow Site After Latest Announcement

BAE Systems says it will not be cutting jobs at it's Barrow site, despite announcing plans for hundreds of job losses across its maritime division.

The company has today (Tuesday) confirmed changes to its structure and proposed job cuts, which include 375 across the maritime business.

Barrow and Furness MP John Woodcock has, however, confirmed in a tweet that these will not be in south Cumbria.

He said: "I have just had firm confirmation that BAE's announcement of 375 job cuts across its Maritime sector will not affect numbers employed in Barrow shipyard.

"The company says that some people's reporting lines may change due to corporate restructuring, but that’s it. There will be no job losses in Barrow."

The firm said in a statement: "In response to evolving customer requirements and an ongoing focus on efficiency improvements, a workforce reduction of around 375 roles is proposed across Maritime Services.

"The proposed rationalisation will more closely align capacity with workload, improve our competitiveness in order to retain and grow our position on key programmes, and retain critical skills and capabilities."

The proposals also include a restructuring of the company's various arms, which from January 2018 will be Air, Maritime, Land and Applied Intelligence.

The Maritime business will include the Naval Ships, Submarines and Maritime Services businesses which will report directly to the Chief Executive.

In a breakdown of job cuts by location including Warton (750 jobs), Brough (400), RAF Marham (245), Portsmouth (340) and London (150), Barrow is not listed although there are 30 jobs being cut at "other UK locations".

Around 1,400 jobs will go within the Military Air business across five sites over the next three years.

As a result of the above changes there is a total proposed reduction of up to 1,400 roles within the Military Air business across five sites, over the next three years.

Those cuts come a slowdown in Typhoon and Hawk orders and after the UK Government confirmed that the RAF’s Tornado fleet will be taken out of active service in 2019.

Charles Woodburn, Chief Executive, BAE Systems plc, said: "BAE Systems is a world leader in technology, advanced manufacturing and engineering and our diverse portfolio provides a strong platform for future growth.

"The organisational changes we are announcing today accelerate our evolution to a more streamlined, de-layered organisation, with a sharper competitive edge and a renewed focus on technology. These actions will further strengthen our company as we deliver our strategy in a changing environment.

"Separately, we are also announcing actions at some of our UK sites to align our workforce capacity more closely with near-term demand and enhance our competitive position to secure new business.

"Those actions are necessary and the right thing to do for our company, but unfortunately include proposed redundancies at a number of operations. I recognise this will be difficult news for some of our employees and we are committed to do everything we can to support those affected."

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