Rolls-Royce has today, Wednesday 3 June, announced a devastating blow to Renfrewshire by confirming 700 jobs are to be lost at its Inchinnan facility, near Renfrew.
The company has stated the job cuts are a response to the impact the coronavirus crisis is having on the aerospace industry.
More than half of the 1,300-strong Inchinnan plant workforce will be cut, with Rolls-Royce chiefs hoping this can be achieved through voluntary redundancy.
Staff at the Renfrewshire factory, which manufactures compressor blades and seals for planes, have been facing an uncertain future since the company announced plans to cut at least 9,000 jobs globally.
Rolls-Royce is looking at withdrawing its entire services capability from the Inchinnan site.
The company issued this statement: “Today, following constructive talks with trade union and employee representatives, we have opened voluntary severance to all civil aerospace employees in the UK.
“Offering voluntary severance is an important step as we re-size our business to adapt to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the aviation industry.
“At our Inchinnan facility, we have indicated that the likely number of impacted roles will be around 700, based on our immediate load reduction requirements.
“We hope to reach this number through the voluntary severance scheme that we have launched today with the support of Unite. These roles will be predominantly from our services team, which has seen a dramatic drop in demand since the start of the pandemic, and as a result we are considering withdrawing our services capability from the site entirely.
“We have briefed the Scottish Government and other local stakeholders on the business impact of COVID-19 on Rolls-Royce and are keeping them up to date as our consultation process progresses.
“This number of proposed job losses is a terrible prospect for the people and communities that are impacted, and we understand how devastating the news must be for everyone at the Inchinnan facility.”