Aerospace component manufacturer Trelleborg Sealing Solutions is to make 60 of 137 workers redundant due to the impact of Coronavirus.
The South Derbyshire company has suffered a 40 per cent slump in work as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic amid the severe downturn for the entire aviation sector.
Unite has said it will fight to minimise job losses at Trelleborg, which has heavily invested in its facility in recent years. The union is entering into consultation with the company to reduce the number of job losses.
Unite regional officer Katie Morris said: “This is a further blow to the aerospace industry in the East Midlands. Dozens of our members and their families will be feeling heartbroken and fearful tonight but we will do our very best by them.
“There is no doubt in our mind that these job losses are a direct result of the UK government’s failure to provide targeted sector-specific support, unlike other countries such as France and Germany, which have provided billions to protect their aerospace industry.
“Unite expects to enter into constructive consultations with Trelleborg. We’re determined to keep job losses to an absolute minimum and on a voluntary basis.”