Workers at a factory of aircraft engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce in northern England will go on strike in November to protest against the relocation of part of the activity to Singapore, it said. Monday the union Unite. It will be a targeted strike that will take place from November 6 to 27 at the Barnoldswick site in Lancashire, according to a statement from Britain's premier union.
In August, the industrial group announced its intention to relocate the production of the blades of the Trent aircraft engine to Singapore, resulting in the loss of 350 jobs in England. Unite believes that this decision threatens the viability of this historic factory which has been owned by Rolls-Royce since 1943 and currently employs 550 people.
The union says it gave the group time to find a solution such as canceling the project or keeping the job, but that in the absence of commitments Unite decided to carry out this action approved by 94% of his members. "It is simply unacceptable that Rolls-Royce seeks to relocate salaried jobs to the UK, while at the same time asking the UK government for £ 1 billion in financial aidSays Rhys McCarthy, a manager of Unite. He warns that Rolls-Royce still has two weeks to make a move and escape the strike.
Rolls-Royce, for its part, in a statement sent to AFP, said "disappointedWith this strike announcement but declares to remain open to dialogue. "Although we suggest that some tasks are no longer performed on the site, we do not have plans to close it.», Underlines Rolls-Royce.
Due to the crisis in the aviation sector generated by the pandemic, the group announced in early October a recapitalization plan to the tune of 5 billion pounds, including an extension of a loan guarantee up to one billion pounds, with the public body UK Export Finance.
Rolls-Royce has already taken a series of measures to try to weather this storm, including the largest restructuring in its history in its aerospace industry including the loss of 9,000 jobs. According to the group, this plan, providing for a reduction in the number of industrial sites, should enable it to save 1.3 billion pounds by the end of 2022.