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100 aerospace jobs in Dorset under threat from reduced demand

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The commercial aviation industry has been struggling from the economic impacts of the coronavirus, with many large manufacturers wanting to cut costs.

Aerospace giant Airbus announced plans to axe more than 1,700 positions from their bases in Filton, Bristol and Broughton, North Wales after the demand for their aircraft has reduced by 40% over the past few months.

Magellan Aerospace, with bases in Bournemouth and Poole, supplies parts to Airbus and Boeing and has reported a sharp decline in demand as a result of COVID-19.

As a result, 100 individuals could be made redundant before September at Magellan’s Bournemouth and Poole sites, which employ 250 workers.

Due to a steep decline in orders from Airbus and Boeing because of Covid-19,  the company is planning to make more than 100 workers redundant – 96 by 1 September with a further six roles to go by 1 December. It also plans to close its Poole site.

This is a very grim blow for the workers and their families, and will also have a knock on effect for the Dorset economy which depends on these skilled workers’ wages to lubricate economic activity.

Unfortunately, this is part of an emerging trend in Dorset where many small to medium size engineering firms are contracting and making staff redundant because of the massive adverse impact of the pandemic on the UK’s aerospace industry.

Unite is fighting hard for these workers’ jobs, but the reality is, if more orders don’t start rolling in soon, these jobs will be gone – that’s why the government must step up to the plate to support the aerospace sector as has been done in France and Germany.

Janet Wall, Regional Officer, Unite (Trade & Workers Union)
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