Union claims over 200 BAE Brough staff face uncertain future

Ian Gent
Image caption Mr Gent said sold work was only guaranteed for up to three years

A union says more than 200 staff at BAE Systems in East Yorkshire still face an uncertain future a year since the firm said hundreds of jobs were at risk.

The potential losses were announced in September but the company later signed a new deal enabling it to safeguard many of the jobs.

Ian Gent, from Unite, said: "I can't stress enough that we still have over 200 people at risk."

BAE said 140 jobs were still potentially at risk.

The defence giant had previously said it would stop building Hawk training jets at its Brough factory in 2013, with the loss of 845 jobs and an end to almost 100 years of aircraft manufacturing at the site.

A campaign was started by the union, workers and MPs.

In May it was announced a deal to supply Hawk trainer jets to Saudi Arabia meant BAE was able to safeguard 218 jobs.

In other cases employees have transferred to other parts of the company and voluntary redundancy.

But Mr Gent said there was still a "long, long way to go".

"There are opportunities but it's one thing to bring those opportunities to fruition."

He added: "If we look at the next two to three years there's solid work, beyond that we have to hope there's opportunities."

BAE Systems said the company was committed to "pursuing mitigation opportunities" for employees.

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