BAE Systems staff take pay cut to save others

Published on Thursday, 15 March 2012 14:27
Posted by Scott Buckler

Workers at BAE Systems in Samlesbury have overwhelmingly voted to take a pay cut in order to save 120 jobs at the site

In a show of solidarity and true trade union principles the 1,200 workers at the defence giant voted virtually unanimously to take one day of unpaid leave a month for two years in order to prevent their fellow workers from being made compulsory redundant.

Trade unions and the company’s management had already mitigated the majority of the 565 job losses due as part of cutbacks announced in September.

Ian Waddell Unite national officer said: "In a true collective spirit, the workforce at Samlesbury have made a significant sacrifice to save their fellow colleagues from redundancy and a very uncertain future. The workforce deserves recognition for this act of solidarity and local management deserves recognition for being prepared to explore all options to avoid redundancies.

"The action to save jobs at Samlesbury is in sharp contrast to the refusal of the management at BAE Systems' Brough site to properly consult the unions and explore ways of saving jobs, instead the management seems determined to sacrifice 899 skilled workers.

"The workers at BAE Systems are highly skilled. The UK economy can not afford lose them. We hope BAE Systems and the government does everything possible to secure new contracts over the next two years and learns from the example shown by the workers at Samlesbury."

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