North West Labour MEPs demand action over Rolls Royce job losses

Following the announcement by Rolls Royce of 4,600 job losses, senior Labour representatives have written today to Chief Executive, Warren East, to ask that there will be no compulsory redundancies at the Rolls Royce site in Barnoldswick and that all workers who lose jobs in the latest restructure will be offered training and skills budgets.

Theresa Griffin MEP said:

“It is absolutely crucial that we protect workers and do everything we can to support them at this difficult time. Rolls Royce need to ensure that any workers that could lose their jobs due to this restructuring are given the training, support and resources necessary to carry on working in the manufacturing, motor and aerospace industry – a vital sector for this area. Rolls Royce also need to guarantee that there will be no compulsory redundancies.”

Wajid Khan MEP added:

“Rolls Royce already announced the loss of more than 160 jobs in Lancashire in recent months. It is my hope that the latest tranche of job cuts will not come to communities in the North West again, where local economies, as in Derby, depend so heavily on them.”

“The company must make sure that vital skills are not lost, and that staff who move from their current positions are retrained. The Conservative government has questions to answer – most importantly, for all its talk of partnership with this major employer, where is the partnership with its workforce? Where is the support when people’s jobs are on the line?”