Highly skilled, high-value jobs must be safeguarded at Rolls-Royce plc Inchinnan, Patricia Gibson MP has commented, after 700 job losses were announced today, more than half the 1,300 strong workforce.
“The Rolls-Royce Inchinnan workforce has been integral - both in the UK and abroad - to the success of the company over many years. The job losses announced today are devastating and will hit workers, their families and the wider community during these difficult times.
“Further job losses are likely across the West of Scotland and beyond, as the supply chain is impacted.
“My own constituents are amongst those affected.
“Throughout the period since the proposed job losses were first announced, the Scottish National Party (SNP) The Scottish Government has made clear many times that it is keen to sit down with Rolls-Royce and support the operation at Inchinnan in whatever way it can. That remains the case and it is vital that the firm engages meaningfully and in good faith to protect jobs and people’s livelihoods.
“Even at this late stage, there is still time for management to have substantive discussions about what action is needed to weather the current economic storm.
“There is no denying the unprecedented challenges the aviation and aerospace industry finds itself in during this health pandemic. However, those challenges are best met by a collective effort by management, workers, unions and government to map out a future that secures employment and potential long-term growth once we are through the worst of the current crisis.”