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Union 'determined' over BAE manufacturing in Brough

Katy Austin

BBC Look North

A leading member of the Unite union will speak to workers at BAE Systems in Brough today over their fight to keep their jobs.

A plane being constructed in Brough.
BBC

As part of a BAE re-organisation, 400 posts are expected to go at the Brough site, which makes parts for the Hawk jet.

Unite assistant general secretary Steve Turner will talk about his determination to make sure manufacturing continues in Brough.

Men cleared of causing criminal damage at BAE Systems

Two men accused of causing criminal damage at BAE Systems at Lancashire have been found not guilty.

Protesters outside Burnley magistrates court
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Sam Walton and Methodist minister Rev Daniel Woodhouse denied charges of damaging a perimeter fence and a hangar at the site in Wharton.

They claimed they were trying to prevent tornado jets being used by Saudi Arabia to bomb Yemen.

The trial attracted the attention of protesters outside Burnley Magistrates Court over the last week.

Unions return to lobby MPs over BAE jobs

Katy Austin

BBC Look North

Trade Unions representing workers at BAE Systems are back in London today to speak to MPs.

Earlier this month the company announced plans to cut almost 2,000 jobs, with 400 of those expected to be cut at the site in Brough, East Yorkshire.

Members of the Unite trade union will meet shadow Chancellor John McDonnell as well as other MPs today.

Worker at BAE in Brough
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Compulsory redundancies at BAE will be 'kept to a minimum' - David Davis MP

Gill Sennett

BBC Local Live

East Yorkshire Conservative MP David Davis has been to meet workers at the BAE site in Brough, days after the company announced 400 job cuts at the site.

David Davis
David Davis MP

In total, 2,000 jobs will go across the company as part of a restructuring of the business under its new chief executive.

Mr Davis, whose constituency includes the Brough BAE site, said it was an "important opportunity" for him to hear from those directly affected at what he called "an uncertain time".

The MP said the government was working with BAE Systems to ensure compulsory redundancies are kept to a minimum and he was pleased that the firm had assured workers that job losses would be on a voluntary basis as far as possible:

A Statement of Intent for the purchase of six Hawk aircraft has already been signed with the Qatari government... Any job losses are deeply regrettable and my thoughts go out to all those affected by the announcement."

David DavisHaltemprice and Howden MP

Runway intersection works completed at RAF Marham

Resurfacing work has been completed at the intersection of two runways at RAF Marham.

It's part of a £250m Defence Infrastracture Programme to get the base ready for the arrival of the new F-35 Lightning fast jets.

The project will also provide hangars for 12 aircraft, and an air crew feeding facility.

Resurfacing work at RAF Marham
MOD

More than 13,000 tonnes of asphalt were removed for the resurfacing work, which saw more than 18,000 tonnes laid over an area equivalent to more than five rugby pitches.

Contractors worked in multiple shifts for seven days a week and, during the three-week construction, a "no-fly" period was agreed with the station.

Tornado jet on runway at Marham
MOD

Earlier this week, it was announced 230 jobs will be lost at the west Norfolk air base as part of BAE Systems' plans to cut nearly 2,000 jobs across the country.

The company maintains aircraft for the Tornado squadrons based at Marham, which are being taken out of service in two years' time.

Just 50 BAE workers will remain at the base.

Tornado in flight at Marham
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Labour MPs called on the government to buy new jets to save jobs at the BAE Brough factory
Labour MPs called on the government to buy new jets to save jobs at the BAE Brough factory.