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Rolls-Royce Workers Walk Out Over Job Cuts

Rolls-Royce workers in Coventry staged the first strike at the plant for 20 years in protest at the the threat of hundreds of redundancies.

Some of the staff in the aerospace division could be given redundancy notices next month as part of 1,300 job losses at the Ansty plant.

Rolls-Royce wants to move the positions to Montreal in Canada, as part of a global shake-up of its business. A grant from the Canadian government is also thought to have influenced the move.

Eighty per cent of the members of the MSF union voted for the strike action. The 24-hour stoppage could be continued each week until management agree to discuss an alternative proposal drawn up by the union that could save jobs.

John Wall, MSF National Secretary for aerospace, said:

“The 2,400 staff at Ansty are angry that their jobs are being transferred to Canada and believe it means the end of R&D in Britain.

 “The clock is ticking fast for the highly skilled engineering jobs at the Ansty plant.

“Rolls-Royce plan to make the redundancies as soon as they can with potentially the first phase of job losses as early as March this year.

“If Rolls-Royce complete this transfer of work to Canada no other Rolls Royce pant in the UK will be safe."

MSF General Secretary Roger Lyons added:

 “Rolls-Royce’s employees feel betrayed by the company, that they have made successful, which is determined to sell their jobs to the highest bidder."


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CWN / Business / A-Z / Rolls-Royce / 9 Feb 01

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