Rolls-Royce to cut 200 jobs at Barnoldswick

Following last month's announcement that Rolls-Royce was to cut 9,000 jobs from its global operations, the company has announced that 200 of those lost will be from its Barnoldswick operation.

The company is having to make drastic savings in light of the impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on the aviation sector. The job cuts are expected to save £700m, with reduced expenditure across plant and property, capital and other indirect costs saving £800m more.

Chris Cholerton, president of Rolls-Royce Civil Aerospace, said: "Following constructive talks with trade union and employee representatives, we have opened voluntary severance to all civil aerospace employees in the UK.

"Offering voluntary severance is an important step as we resize our business to adapt to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the aviation industry over the next few years.

“This is going to be very tough for everyone, but we have to ensure Rolls-Royce can thrive for future generations."

Chamber of Commerce East Lancashire chief executive Miranda Barker has called for a government task force to help support the industry. 

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