Select Committee on Trade and Industry Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence


Memorandum submitted by BAE SYSTEMS Trade Unions Chadderton

  1.  The Chadderton site is located in the North West. The workforce is made up from Greater Manchester and the surrounding areas, eg Oldham, Chadderton, Middleton, Moston, Rochdale and beyond.

  2.  We are presently involved in projects such as the Regional Jet (146) production. Nimrod Wing assembly, Airbus and Boeing wing manufacture and Spares and Repair work for Tornado, Harrier and Jaguar aircraft amongst others.

  3.  We have a growing concern regarding the amount of Aircraft manufacturing work being subcontracted to Eastern Europe, eg Romania, South Africa and other parts of the globe.

  4.  Detail manufacture has now ceased at the Chadderton factory. Airbus and Boeing manufacture will discontinue by the middle of 2001. Some Airbus work will transfer to Alenia in Italy. Nimrod Wing production long term is uncertain and new Spares and Repairs work has not fully compensated for the work being outsourced to Romania and Poland.

  5.  The net result is that half of the Chadderton plant has been closed down and the workforce will reduce from 1,800 people to 1,200 "or less."

  6.  Similar situations exist throughout BAE SYSTEMS and the whole of the Aerospace Industry. In fact the entire British manufacturing base is at risk. This erosion should not be allowed to continue.

2 January 2001

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