Rolls-Royce to axe 122 jobs in East Lancashire

Blackburn Citizen: Rolls-Royce to axe 122 jobs in East Lancashire Rolls-Royce to axe 122 jobs in East Lancashire

WORKERS at Rolls-Royce were left in shock after bosses unveiled plans to axe 122 positions in East Lancashire.

A 90-day consultation period got underway yesterday with union leaders and company bosses both saying they hoped to avoid any compulsory redundancies.

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Workers at the aerospace giant’s two plants in Barnoldswick had been warned in January that around 30 posts could be under threat.

But a staff announcement was made at the Bankfield and Ghyll Brow sites yesterday, confirming more job losses were needed before the end of the year due to a reduced workload.

An estimated 56 temporary staff may be under threat and voluntary redundancies will be sought, with the posts expected to be removed gradually throughout 2014.

Jon Brough, convener for the Unite union at Rolls-Royce, said: “It has come as a bit of a shock for the workforce because of the number of new engine orders and the numbers that need to be delivered in 2015 and 2016.

“It appears, from our point of view, that our Singapore plant will be increasing up to full capacity and unfortunately it is UK workers that will bear the brunt of these job losses.”

But company sources insisted that some of the functions carried out in Barnoldswick, which makes fan blades for a number of Trent engines and support structures for aircraft, do not take place in Singapore.

Mr Brough is now hoping to meet with Rolls-Royce chief executive John Rishton to discuss the issue before the end of the week.

A Rolls-Royce spokesman said: “We are working hard to reduce costs across our business to remain competitive.

“We must also react to changing demands from our customers and this has led to a reduced workload in our Barnoldswick facility.

“We are in the early stages of consultation with employee representatives and we hope to avoid compulsory redundancies.”

Last summer, the company was celebrating the launch of the Dreamliner and just last week announced the signing of a £660million deal with All Nippon Airways for 25 Trent 100 engines for the 787 crafts.

Coun Jennifer Purcell, who represents Craven ward in Barnoldswick, said: “It will be a big blow for 122 families in Pendle and Burnley, and the town, as its such as large part of our economy.”

Burnley MP Gordon Birtwistle said he was ‘surprised’ at the announcement, given the recent order book enjoyed by Rolls-Royce.

“It is very sad because this is a major employer in East Lancashire and a brilliant company. I hope that this will ensure the long-term future of the site and that they may be in a position to recruit again in future,” he added.

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8:14am Tue 1 Apr 14

shytalk says...

All part of the recovery we keep being told is under way.
All part of the recovery we keep being told is under way. shytalk
  • Score: 25

3:36pm Tue 1 Apr 14

leyton says...

and the councillors and MP's saying east lancs is booming hahahahah
and the councillors and MP's saying east lancs is booming hahahahah leyton
  • Score: 18

4:11pm Tue 1 Apr 14

East_lancs_lad says...

Why on earth do we need yet another mosque
Why on earth do we need yet another mosque East_lancs_lad
  • Score: -3

4:27pm Tue 1 Apr 14

shirtbox says...

Yet another example of jobs being sold down the river even by such a long established business,shame on you Rolls Royce.
Yet another example of jobs being sold down the river even by such a long established business,shame on you Rolls Royce. shirtbox
  • Score: 11

5:00pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Shadred says...

shirtbox wrote:
Yet another example of jobs being sold down the river even by such a long established business,shame on you Rolls Royce.
That's capitalism for you if a job can be done more efficiently ie cheaper elsewhere that's what will happen
[quote][p][bold]shirtbox[/bold] wrote: Yet another example of jobs being sold down the river even by such a long established business,shame on you Rolls Royce.[/p][/quote]That's capitalism for you if a job can be done more efficiently ie cheaper elsewhere that's what will happen Shadred
  • Score: 13

6:53pm Tue 1 Apr 14

mavrick says...

Rolls Royce is a shining example of British engineering that is so skilled it can be done on the cheap elsewhere. Loyalty is not worth a carrot, the union seems incapable of protecting it's members.
Rolls Royce is a shining example of British engineering that is so skilled it can be done on the cheap elsewhere. Loyalty is not worth a carrot, the union seems incapable of protecting it's members. mavrick
  • Score: 21

8:15pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Kevin, Colne says...

This is another paragraph in the on-going process of globalisation, which has done immense damage to the West.

I’m no great fan of the late Sir James Goldsmith but in 1993 he nailed where we were headed in the book ‘The Trap’. His assessment proved exceedingly accurate. Here’s what he said:

‘Global free trade will shatter the way in which value-added is shared between capital and labour. Value-added is the increase of value obtained when you convert raw materials into a manufactured product. In mature societies, we have been able to develop a general agreement as to how it should be shared. That agreement has been reached through generations of political debate, elections, strikes, lockouts and other conflicts. Overnight that agreement will be destroyed by the arrival of huge populations willing to undercut radically the salaries earned by our workforce. The social divisions that this will cause will be deeper than anything ever envisaged by Marx.

It is interesting to note that many US economists believe that the inflationary forces which normally follow a period of lax monetary policy will not occur in the same way on this occasion. They believe that the continued lowering of earnings resulting from free-trade … will restrain inflation despite the fact that the Federal Reserve has maintained a loose monetary policy for one of the longest periods on record. In other words, the workforce will bear the brunt of the consequences of a prolonged period of easy money by accepting reduced earnings to compensate for its inevitable inflationary effects.’ – Goldsmith, 1993, p.26-7.

We are pursuing an economic model that is delivering our children into a new form of serfdom, and quite frankly this scares me. Our trade deficit is simply horrendous and we are selling-off more and more of our assets into foreign ownership - companies, commercial property, houses, shares and bonds - in order to finance our consumerist life-styles. All of this is cheered to the rafters by the mainstream political parties and the vast majority of scribblers and opinion formers in the MSM.
This is another paragraph in the on-going process of globalisation, which has done immense damage to the West. I’m no great fan of the late Sir James Goldsmith but in 1993 he nailed where we were headed in the book ‘The Trap’. His assessment proved exceedingly accurate. Here’s what he said: ‘Global free trade will shatter the way in which value-added is shared between capital and labour. Value-added is the increase of value obtained when you convert raw materials into a manufactured product. In mature societies, we have been able to develop a general agreement as to how it should be shared. That agreement has been reached through generations of political debate, elections, strikes, lockouts and other conflicts. Overnight that agreement will be destroyed by the arrival of huge populations willing to undercut radically the salaries earned by our workforce. The social divisions that this will cause will be deeper than anything ever envisaged by Marx. It is interesting to note that many US economists believe that the inflationary forces which normally follow a period of lax monetary policy will not occur in the same way on this occasion. They believe that the continued lowering of earnings resulting from free-trade … will restrain inflation despite the fact that the Federal Reserve has maintained a loose monetary policy for one of the longest periods on record. In other words, the workforce will bear the brunt of the consequences of a prolonged period of easy money by accepting reduced earnings to compensate for its inevitable inflationary effects.’ – Goldsmith, 1993, p.26-7. We are pursuing an economic model that is delivering our children into a new form of serfdom, and quite frankly this scares me. Our trade deficit is simply horrendous and we are selling-off more and more of our assets into foreign ownership - companies, commercial property, houses, shares and bonds - in order to finance our consumerist life-styles. All of this is cheered to the rafters by the mainstream political parties and the vast majority of scribblers and opinion formers in the MSM. Kevin, Colne
  • Score: 23

5:04am Wed 2 Apr 14

coates warder says...

Shadred wrote:
shirtbox wrote:
Yet another example of jobs being sold down the river even by such a long established business,shame on you Rolls Royce.
That's capitalism for you if a job can be done more efficiently ie cheaper elsewhere that's what will happen
mainly agency workers who were taken on to cover the inceased work load now that has gone so do the temps. yep farming it out were they? come back when you know what you are talking about.
[quote][p][bold]Shadred[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]shirtbox[/bold] wrote: Yet another example of jobs being sold down the river even by such a long established business,shame on you Rolls Royce.[/p][/quote]That's capitalism for you if a job can be done more efficiently ie cheaper elsewhere that's what will happen[/p][/quote]mainly agency workers who were taken on to cover the inceased work load now that has gone so do the temps. yep farming it out were they? come back when you know what you are talking about. coates warder
  • Score: -3

9:10am Wed 2 Apr 14

Angusam says...

Went to buy a News Paper today and the headlines read "Blackburn & Darwens Children the most underweight in England". No wonder with no jobs. Its hard to believe that the area is a shadow of its former self. Hard to believe the wealth and envy it was to live here once upon a time and now all the industry and jobs have gone and we are comparible to a 3rd world country.

I hope that those effected get some new work soon.
Went to buy a News Paper today and the headlines read "Blackburn & Darwens Children the most underweight in England". No wonder with no jobs. Its hard to believe that the area is a shadow of its former self. Hard to believe the wealth and envy it was to live here once upon a time and now all the industry and jobs have gone and we are comparible to a 3rd world country. I hope that those effected get some new work soon. Angusam
  • Score: 10

10:14am Wed 2 Apr 14

ikap22 says...

East_lancs_lad wrote:
Why on earth do we need yet another mosque
You "TURD" are you drunk again with knock off booze?
[quote][p][bold]East_lancs_lad[/bold] wrote: Why on earth do we need yet another mosque[/p][/quote]You "TURD" are you drunk again with knock off booze? ikap22
  • Score: 4

1:02pm Wed 2 Apr 14

ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123 says...

it's strange when we get job's coming in to the area ANDREW STEPHENSON is on his soap box shouting this Government has secured etc etc jobs but we never hear him shouting this Government has cost the HARD WORKING TAX PAYER their jobs and turned them into benefit scroungers( DWPs description ) overnight????
it's strange when we get job's coming in to the area ANDREW STEPHENSON is on his soap box shouting this Government has secured etc etc jobs but we never hear him shouting this Government has cost the HARD WORKING TAX PAYER their jobs and turned them into benefit scroungers( DWPs description ) overnight???? ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123
  • Score: 5

3:32pm Wed 2 Apr 14

jenkinsroy says...

WHY ARE THEY CUTTING JOBS
Rolls-Royce to axe 122 jobs in East Lancashire
WHEN THEY HAVE JUST BEEN AWARDED A BIG
CONTRACT ACORDING THE HOUSE OF COMMONESE
HAVE THEY ASKED THE ONES THAT ARE GOING IF THEY
WILL WORK IN ANOTHER PART OF THERE FIRM YES OR NO .??
ACORDING TO ANDREW STEPHENSON THAT IS WHAT THEY ARE
PLANNING ON ONE WILL LOSE THERE JOBS ? HE COMMENTED
ON THE RADIO THIS MORNING TRUE OR NOT I DO NOT KNOW
AFTER ALL HE IS ON THE BOAD OF ROLLS-ROYCE.
SAW HE SHOULD KNOW YES OR NO .
WE WILL SEE IF THIS IS TRUE OR NOT I HOPE THEY DO GET
A CHOICE TO STAY OR GO TO SOME PART OF THE FIRM
DOWN SOUTH SOME WHERE .??? GOOD LOOK TO YOU ALL
WHY ARE THEY CUTTING JOBS Rolls-Royce to axe 122 jobs in East Lancashire WHEN THEY HAVE JUST BEEN AWARDED A BIG CONTRACT ACORDING THE HOUSE OF COMMONESE HAVE THEY ASKED THE ONES THAT ARE GOING IF THEY WILL WORK IN ANOTHER PART OF THERE FIRM YES OR NO .?? ACORDING TO ANDREW STEPHENSON THAT IS WHAT THEY ARE PLANNING ON ONE WILL LOSE THERE JOBS ? HE COMMENTED ON THE RADIO THIS MORNING TRUE OR NOT I DO NOT KNOW AFTER ALL HE IS ON THE BOAD OF ROLLS-ROYCE. SAW HE SHOULD KNOW YES OR NO . WE WILL SEE IF THIS IS TRUE OR NOT I HOPE THEY DO GET A CHOICE TO STAY OR GO TO SOME PART OF THE FIRM DOWN SOUTH SOME WHERE .??? GOOD LOOK TO YOU ALL jenkinsroy
  • Score: 3

4:25pm Wed 2 Apr 14

noddy57 says...

Something is not quite what it should be,, this company is the best aircraft engine maker in the world bar non,there is no reason for this world beater to be shedding jobs,l cannot help but suspect someone is on the take here and it is common practice among the aircraft fraternity to offer bribes for contracts ,but sometimes it can be detrimental to the companies workforce as it seems to be in this case,,corruption kills even the best manufacturers the world over,
Something is not quite what it should be,, this company is the best aircraft engine maker in the world bar non,there is no reason for this world beater to be shedding jobs,l cannot help but suspect someone is on the take here and it is common practice among the aircraft fraternity to offer bribes for contracts ,but sometimes it can be detrimental to the companies workforce as it seems to be in this case,,corruption kills even the best manufacturers the world over, noddy57
  • Score: 3

5:11pm Wed 2 Apr 14

It's a spade! says...

Stuff was made in the UK because it was made well and made to last. This was particularly important in respect of a plane engine. After all who wants shoddy workmanship when your life depends on it?

Now it seems that airline operators want the cheapest engines, as this will afford the biggest long term profit for them. Maybe they are prepared to take chances with your life so long as they can make some extra money.

Of course Rolls could be doing this in order to generate a bribe from Pendle BC, Lancs CC and HM Government. "Give us some more subsidies or we'll have to make a lot more redundant!" Believe me, it happens.
Stuff was made in the UK because it was made well and made to last. This was particularly important in respect of a plane engine. After all who wants shoddy workmanship when your life depends on it? Now it seems that airline operators want the cheapest engines, as this will afford the biggest long term profit for them. Maybe they are prepared to take chances with your life so long as they can make some extra money. Of course Rolls could be doing this in order to generate a bribe from Pendle BC, Lancs CC and HM Government. "Give us some more subsidies or we'll have to make a lot more redundant!" Believe me, it happens. It's a spade!
  • Score: 2

5:17pm Wed 2 Apr 14

It's a spade! says...

They're - They are.
There - That place.
Their - Belongs to them.

Luck - Good fortune
Look - See

Hope that helps!
They're - They are. There - That place. Their - Belongs to them. Luck - Good fortune Look - See Hope that helps! It's a spade!
  • Score: -3

6:14pm Wed 2 Apr 14

ikap22 says...

It's a spade! wrote:
They're - They are.
There - That place.
Their - Belongs to them.

Luck - Good fortune
Look - See

Hope that helps!
Well done! You learning.
[quote][p][bold]It's a spade![/bold] wrote: They're - They are. There - That place. Their - Belongs to them. Luck - Good fortune Look - See Hope that helps![/p][/quote]Well done! You learning. ikap22
  • Score: -1

6:23pm Wed 2 Apr 14

happycyclist says...

The Luddites smashed the looms up because they feared machinery would bring higher production for less wages.
There's nothing new here.
The Luddites smashed the looms up because they feared machinery would bring higher production for less wages. There's nothing new here. happycyclist
  • Score: 0

10:17am Sun 6 Apr 14

jenkinsroy says...

Come on Cameron cut the crap about unemployment down
After the big contract they have just got why cut the staff?
I will tell you your government has made a deal with Rolls-Royce’s
1 To get one of your M.P. a job there for when you loss
The elections in 2015.
2 They sack 100 employers on full pay.
3 They’re employ some youngsters of the jobcentre
Put them on a prentice in the firm at what pay level will
Depend on how much they know?
4 Rolls-Royce's get payed the new employment incentive
You offer £2.000 per new person.
4 The national insurance cuts.
5 The tax breaks that also go with the new employer rights
6 So stop the crap about people in job because they are only
In a job at the expense of someone else mainly the old
Staff in the company that do the job now
7 We have this going on all over the country if someone like me takes the time to look at all the numbers the government come out with is
Wrong the just move one number to a another so called job
But it still means there are more unemployed now than ever.
8 So back to my comment about what I think is going on with
This company and a lot of other places.
9 They get big contracts the accountants look at the HOW MUCH
RICHER THE BOARD CAN GET OUT OF THIS CONTRACT? Then the work begins to cut this and that I mean jobs FIRST?
10 Now we need to look at what the good old government will pay us
To make their party look?
11 They will give us big tax incentives
12 And we get £2.000 for every person we set on AND WE WILL SAVE ON WAGES good the contract will only take this long SO WE WILL SAVE AND MAKE A KILLING FOR OUR INVESTORS GOOD
13We get some more help we silly accountants forgot the NATIONAL INSURANCE HELP another saving for our board men at the top.
14 god this government is good to us rich we will start to implement
The job cut now before the new contract is in force we may able
To save some more GOOD
15 This is just one of the ways this government are making a
Way to keep the rich happy and the poor miserable what do we tax
Payer get out of this fiddle well we get 100 skilled out of work
50 could be full time work but not always at a lower rate of pay
We do not get the taxes of the sacked people
We do not get N.INSURANCE + TAX of the 100-or 50 worker
And the firm pays less tax over all SO WE GET NOTHING.
This is the way they do things in Camron’s party NOW
Come on Cameron cut the crap about unemployment down After the big contract they have just got why cut the staff? I will tell you your government has made a deal with Rolls-Royce’s 1 To get one of your M.P. a job there for when you loss The elections in 2015. 2 They sack 100 employers on full pay. 3 They’re employ some youngsters of the jobcentre Put them on a prentice in the firm at what pay level will Depend on how much they know? 4 Rolls-Royce's get payed the new employment incentive You offer £2.000 per new person. 4 The national insurance cuts. 5 The tax breaks that also go with the new employer rights 6 So stop the crap about people in job because they are only In a job at the expense of someone else mainly the old Staff in the company that do the job now 7 We have this going on all over the country if someone like me takes the time to look at all the numbers the government come out with is Wrong the just move one number to a another so called job But it still means there are more unemployed now than ever. 8 So back to my comment about what I think is going on with This company and a lot of other places. 9 They get big contracts the accountants look at the HOW MUCH RICHER THE BOARD CAN GET OUT OF THIS CONTRACT? Then the work begins to cut this and that I mean jobs FIRST? 10 Now we need to look at what the good old government will pay us To make their party look? 11 They will give us big tax incentives 12 And we get £2.000 for every person we set on AND WE WILL SAVE ON WAGES good the contract will only take this long SO WE WILL SAVE AND MAKE A KILLING FOR OUR INVESTORS GOOD 13We get some more help we silly accountants forgot the NATIONAL INSURANCE HELP another saving for our board men at the top. 14 god this government is good to us rich we will start to implement The job cut now before the new contract is in force we may able To save some more GOOD 15 This is just one of the ways this government are making a Way to keep the rich happy and the poor miserable what do we tax Payer get out of this fiddle well we get 100 skilled out of work 50 could be full time work but not always at a lower rate of pay We do not get the taxes of the sacked people We do not get N.INSURANCE + TAX of the 100-or 50 worker And the firm pays less tax over all SO WE GET NOTHING. This is the way they do things in Camron’s party NOW jenkinsroy
  • Score: 0

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