Rob Roberts statement on the 1,435 job losses in Airbus Broughton

Following the announcement by Airbus earlier this week of worldwide job losses, it has today confirmed that 1,435 jobs at the Broughton site will be lost.

Commenting on today’s announcement, Rob has said:

“Airbus is a vital part of the economy in our part of the country, and I am therefore deeply concerned for workers at the plant at Broughton, their families, and our wider community.

“There is obviously a significant amount of discussion ongoing with all parties to determine how the redundancies will be structured, most significantly the trade unions and UK and Welsh Governments.  From the conversations I have had with the Senior Management at Airbus this week and my knowledge of the company over a significant period of time as a responsible employer, I am confident that they will deal with this challenging situation in as appropriate and sympathetic manner as possible. 

“While Airbus have calculated that the UK Government have provided up to £10 billion in support packages to the aviation and aerospace sector to date, my priority is to ensure the right support is given to workers and that certainty over roles is established as quickly as possible. Over the coming days my colleagues and I have meetings arranged with the Minister in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to discuss what further support the UK Government can provide to the sector and workers in North Wales.

“In addition, I have reached out to Mark Tami as the MP for Alyn & Deeside to see what we can do to work collectively on a cross-party basis for the good of the region as this isn’t a party political issue and needs us all to be pulling in the same direction.”