BAE Brough factory workers arrive in Manchester
- Published on Wednesday, 05 October 2011 09:37
- Posted by Scott Buckler
Workers from the BAE Systems factory in Brough have cycled through the night to Manchester to campaign at the Conservative Party conference
Nine engineers set off from the plant in East Yorkshire on Tuesday evening to ride the 82-mile (132km) route.BAE Systems said last week that 900 jobs would be cut from its 1,300-strong workforce at Brough.
Announcing the job losses, BAE said it needed to stay competitive and the cuts would "ensure its long-term future".The protesters hope to speak about the redundancies with the prime minister and Defence Secretary Liam Fox.
One of the cyclists, Mike Eyre, said: "Ninety-five years worth of manufacturing isn't to be thrown away lightly. It seems that British manufacturing as a whole is on a downward spiral.
"If we can highlight our cause, then hopefully some good will come of it."
Local MPs have met with BAE management to ask the company to justify the job losses.
Andrew Percy, Conservative MP for Brigg and Goole, said: "We've heard the case and the reasoning behind this. We hope to... see the business plan later on this week.
"There are a lot more questions that have been raised. We will be going back to BAE and back to the unions, and indeed ministers, and say what can we do to change this."
On Monday, Chancellor George Osborne announced a new enterprise zone would be created at Brough to help workers who lost their jobs at BAE Systems to find new employment.