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[09 NOV 00] ROLLS-ROYCE NEWS
Rolls-Royce To Cut 1,300 Coventry Jobs 
BY ANTONY HOPKER

Up to 1,300 jobs are to be axed at Rolls-Royce's Ansty plant after the company announced a major sake-up of its operation.

Stunned workers were today being told that hundreds of redundancies were likely as part of the review over the next two years.

The cuts will mean more than half the jobs at the Ansty site will go, some of them overseas.

600 jobs, in the area that makes gas turbines, are moving to Montreal in Canada, and energy research, design and development is also moving across the Atlantic.

The division that makes components for the aerospace industry will also be reviewed - leaving the future uncertain for another 650 positions.

Staff are to be given the option to retrain and move to other Rolls-Royce factories in Crewe or Derby, but redundancies are said to be "inevitable".

The Amalgamated Engineering and Electrical Union said the job cuts were a "bitter pill" for workers to swallow and pledged to fight any compulsory redundancies.

The reorganisation could lead to the creation of 300 new positions in the company, but it has not been revealed where these will be.

Carl Pearson, Assistant Director (Regeneration) at Coventry City Council, who is the head of Coventry Centre for Investment, said the news was a blow for the city.

But he said that there would be firms in similar sectors who would probably looking to take skilled staff on.

He said:

"It's very disappointing that Rolls-Royce have made this announcement. To me and the council this has come as a bit of  a shock.

"We are concerned that there have been a number of announcements recently about job losses.

"We are upbeat that Coventry has lower unemployment than in the past, but we must keep investing to attract new investment to the area. The city is part of the global economy and it has to keep moving.

"In any one year 1,000 jobs are lost because of businesses changing, and this announcement means we could be looking to create 2,000 jobs in the city just to keep things even.

"I believe that the people at Rolls-Royce are high-quality and highly skilled. in recent years there have been new jobs in the engineering and tool-makers sector, and these people might find work there.

"Some people will have worked for Rolls-Royce for a long time and will be disoriented at working for another company.

"We will help them and do all we can to help any worker find another job or retrain to get work."
 
    

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