A union summoner representing Rolls-Royce workers in Derby spoke of efforts to protect jobs in the company’s civil aerospace division.
The company is reportedly trying to lose thousands of jobs in order to cut costs as the global pandemic reduces demand for its engines.
Unite the Union says it has discussed with the company about its reaction to the global pandemic since Covid-19’s impact on the aerospace industry became evident in February.
Ian Wilson is the full-time collaborator of Unite Rolls-Royce for the Derby and Hucknall sites.
He said: “We are going to fight for work, not only in Derby but across the UK.
“We want to reassure workers that we are doing everything we can to make sure we are doing good production and engineering jobs for the future.
“It is inevitable that there will be less work for the foreseeable future, but we will look into the possibility of returning work to Derby from elsewhere, shortening supply lines and sending employees to other companies, as we have done before.
“We want the company to start talking to us about the problems we have and to avoid an instinctive reaction.
“It is essential to find out what the options are to get where we need to be between six, 12 and 18 months.”
On Friday evening, the Financial Times reported that Rolls-Royce was trying to lose up to 8000 jobs while Airbus and Boeing reduce the number of aircraft under construction.
The following day, the company released a statement to Derbyshire Live that read, “The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic is unprecedented.
“We have taken rapid action to increase our liquidity, drastically reduce our spending in 2020 and strengthen our resilience in these exceptionally difficult times. But we will have to take further action.
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“We have to do this the right way, which means that we are working closely with our employees and union representatives and therefore we will consult with all the people concerned.
“We have promised to provide our people with further details on the impact of the current situation on the size of our workforce by the end of this month.”