Planning first strike in Rolls-Royce in 41 years – E24

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Employees are in armor after the company announced flagging out. At the same time, Rolls-Royce plans to temporarily close factories.

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The aircraft manufacturer Rolls-Royce announced in August that it plans to move the production of fan blades for the Trent engines from the factory in Barnoldswick in Lancashire to Singapore.

The decision is expected to affect around 350 employees, according to the union Unite. 94 percent of employees voted earlier this month for the union to take action. Which means that a three-week strike is now planned in November.

It will be the first strike in 41 years for the traditional company, writes the Financial Times.

The union has expressed a wish that Rolls-Royce should assure them that the factory would still be important in the future, something the company has not done. Thus, there will now be a strike, the union writes in a press release.

In parallel with the strike warning, the company is struggling with low demand for aircraft parts during the corona pandemic. This has led to it last week sending out a message to the employees that it may be relevant to temporarily close down factories and take measures regarding wages and other benefits, writes FT.

The company confirms to the newspaper that it will update the employees in the coming weeks. According to Director of Civil Aviation Chris Cholerton, one of the goals is to cut administrative costs by a third.

Rolls-Royce has previously announced that 9,000 jobs will be lost. At present, there are no plans to increase this number.

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