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GMB Calls on Brexit Secretary David Davis to Lead by Example on Red Arrows Aerospace Jobs

Monday, November 6, 2017


MP must step in to save home of famous jets on his doorstep, says union. 

GMB, the union for aerospace defence workers, has today called on the Brexit Secretary David Davis to lead by example in terms of saving as many jobs as possible at the BAE site in Brough.

Mr Davis is MP for Haltemprice and Howden which covers the BAE site – where the company has announced 400 job cuts, almost half the total workforce.

BAE plans to axe a total of 2,000 jobs across the UK. [1]

The Brough site and the highly skilled workforce there are renowned as being the home of the iconic Red Arrows Hawk Jets.

The life span of the current fleet is said to run out in 2020 with no immediate plans to replace them.

GMB is calling on the Government to bring forward the order for the replacement Red Arrows Hawk Jets with BAE Systems in an effort to safeguard as many jobs as possible.

Ross Murdoch, GMB National Officer, said on behalf of the CSEU:

“With 400 workers and their families at the Brough site facing significant stress over an uncertain future and at a time of increased likelihood over no deal being struck over Brexit, GMB calls on the Brexit Secretary and local MP David Davis to act now.

“Mr Davies must step in to save the home of the famous Red Arrows, which is on his doorstep.

“He should use his influence and lead by example to ensure his Government brings forward plans to build the next generation or Red Arrows as one key measure to safeguard aerospace defence jobs.

“GMB urges anyone interested in saving the UK’s aerospace industry to sign our petition petition calling on the Government to take action." [2]


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