Leaders at Derby City Council and Derbyshire County Council have pledged to do all they can to support Rolls-Royce workers after the company announced it is to shed 4,600 jobs in the UK.
It is not yet clear how many of the jobs will be cut from the firm’s Sinfin site in Derby which employs around 14,000 people. Around a third of the jobs being cut are part of the move to streamline the business and will go by the end of 2018, with the rest to follow by mid-2020.
Leader of Derby City Council, Councillor Chris Poulter said: “I want to reassure the public at this difficult time; we will take care of the people of Derby and workers at Rolls-Royce, and do everything we can to support the people and families impacted by this news.
“We have been in touch with Rolls-Royce, and are involved in discussions with them, and with various partners to move forward.
“The people who may be impacted by this are an extremely skilled workforce, and I have no doubt that they will be able to transfer those skills elsewhere, and add significant value to their next workplace. A key focus for us is keeping those skills in Derby, and I hope they can be redeployed within the city.”
Leader of Derbyshire County Council Councillor Barry Lewis, said: “This is obviously a very worrying time for Rolls-Royce staff.
“We don’t know how many jobs at the Derby site will be cut but once the details become clear we’ll work closely with the company and our partners as and when needed to make sure affected employees have access to the right advice and benefits.
“I spoke to the Minister for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy Greg Clark MP today and he offered his help and support.”
Matt Wheatley, D2N2 Interim Chief Executive, said: “D2N2 LEP, is working closely with Derby City Council, the Government and Rolls Royce and will convene an action group to respond to today’s restructuring announcement. Our first priority will be to look to support those affected by the redundancies and retain their skills in the local economy but we will also be looking at plans for managing the potential economic impact of these redundancies on Derby and the wider LEP area.
“Rolls-Royce remain a key asset in our local economy, being a major employer, exporter and innovator, and we will continue to work with them for the long term growth and health of our economy.”
Council Leader Chris Poulter continued: “I have no doubt that this was an extremely difficult decision for Rolls-Royce to make, and the Council will work with them moving forward. As well as talking to partners, I have spoken with the Secretary of State this morning, who has offered his support in any way he can.
“We are also making contact with the Unions to offer our help, and make sure we are doing everything we can with them.
“That said, Rolls-Royce continues to invest in Derby and other sites in the UK. Only recently the company announced a £150m investment in a new large engine test-bed facility, and we have been working closely with them to help re-model their world aerospace campus at Sinfin.”
A rapid response service is being set up with support from a range of partners including Derby City Council, South Derbyshire District Council, Job Centre Plus, the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, the Government’s Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, employment rights specialists, the East Midlands Chamber, as well as training providers. This will ensure affected workers and their families get all the help they need to access benefits and find new employment.