MP’s talks on defence jobs worries


Wyre and Preston North MP Ben Wallace has visited BAE Systems at Warton to meet management and union representatives and get an update on the company’s Unmanned Air Systems project .

Mr Wallace was updated on the latest generation of pilotless aircraft used for attack, reconnaissance and civil patrol missions.

He then met with management before also meeting with union representatives.

After the visit Mr Wallace said: “I appreciate staff and union representatives taking time out of their busy schedules to meet with me. BAE Systems is a major employer in this area and throughout Lancashire, so I like to make myself aware of all the challenges they face and whereever possible discuss their concerns at the highest level in Government.

“Thanks to the recent £40m contract from the MoD, BAE Systems can continue its groundbreaking work in the field of Unmanned Air Vehicles, which is good news for all involved with the programme and for the future defence of the UK.

“Union representatives are understandably concerned after BAE announced job cuts in September. I listened to their concerns and will ensure they are heard at the highest level.

“I am confident management and unions can continue to work together to reduce the impact of the job cuts whereever possible.

“This could include workers being relocated or retrained and I am seeking further talks with BAE Systems human resources representatives to explore further options for minimising compulsory redundancies.”