Rolls-Royce is planning to close its aerospace site in Annesley, Nottinghamshire.
Around 120 staff work at Rolls-Royce in Annesley, with the company planning to transfer all activities to Derby and Germany by 2022 and offer staff the opportunity to relocate.
The decision comes as a result of a demand drop in the Coronavirus pandemic and follows the announcement that at least 9,000 jobs will be cut from its 52,000 strong workforce – 1,500 in the East Midlands.
Unite, the union, slammed the move. Unite national officer for aerospace Rhys McCarthy said: “While Unite will be holding Rolls-Royce to its statement that staff at Annesley will be offered transfers to Derby, the union will ensure that Rolls-Royce considers all possible options to keep Annesley open and retain jobs in the town.
“There is no use in trying to deny that the coronavirus pandemic has not had a devastating impact on air transport and by extension the aerospace sector. In other countries, however, steps have been taken to ensure their post-pandemic futures and to protect jobs. Yesterday, the German government confirmed that it will be extending its short time working scheme, its version of the UK’s job retention scheme, until March 2022.
“If a similar scheme, in which the wages of workers working less hours are subsidised by the government to prevent vital personnel and skills being lost, was adopted in the UK, the risk of job losses at Rolls-Royce, and many other companies, would be minimised.”