North East UK news 110 jobs at risk at County Durham aerospace firm amid coronavirus slowdown MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Job losses at Gardner Aerospace in Consett follow redundancy plans at the firm's sites in Hull and Derby
Breaking News ! More than 100 jobs are at risk at a County Durham aerospace firm as the coronavirus outbreak continues to take a toll on companies in the region. Gardner Aerospace, which has a factory in Consett, County Durham, has opened consultations with staff over 110 redudancies, with the cuts amounting to more than half of its 205-strong workforce. The company is also cutting jobs at other factories it has in the UK, with redundancies being lined up at Gardner plants at Derby and Hull. The Humberside site is set to close entirely after management said the coronavirus lockdown had seen it lose a huge amount of work. Gardner manufacturers components for companies such as Airbus, Rolls-Royce and GKN Aerospace, but the aerospace sector has been one of the hardest hit by the pandemic after thousands of flights were cancelled around the world. Unions said they were hoping to reduce the number of job losses at the Consett site, and were also opposing proposals that those who escaped the job losses work longer hours. Michael Hooper, a national officer for the GMB union, said: “The intention of the firm is to reduce the workforce but increase the amount of hours for every else. The stewards at the site have a meeting with the company about that tomorrow.
.” The job losses at Gardner are the latest to be announced in the North East in the last few weeks. More than 1,000 redundancies have been announced across the region in firms including Swissport’s operation at Newcastle Airport, the Nissan plant in Sunderland, the nearby Envision AESC UK electric battery plant, British Engines in Newcastle and De La Rue in Gateshead.
Despite the level of losses, there are fears that the number of people becoming unemployed could rise still further later in the year as the Government’s furloughing scheme is wound down. Gardner Aerospace, which also has bases in Hull, Basildon, Broughton and Chester, employs more than 2,000 people worldwide. As well as its bases in the UK, the Chinese-owned firm has sites in China, France, India and Poland. The Journal has contacted Gardner Aerospace for comment.
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