‘Grim news’

Unite dismay over 140 aerospace jobs to be lost because of Covid-19 impact

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The news that 140 jobs at Magellan Aerospace’s operation in Bournemouth will be lost when the site closes next February is ‘a devastating blow’ to the Dorset economy, Unite said today (Tuesday 6 October).

Unite said that the closure was due to the loss of orders from Airbus and Boeing for which the company supplied aerospace parts. The aviation industry has been badly hit by Covid-19 and the collapse in air travel.

“Unfortunately, the company has been badly hit by the steep decline in orders from Airbus and Boeing because of Covid-19,” commented Unite regional officer Janet Wall said.

“The announcement that the site will close in February with the loss of 140 jobs brings to a total of 300 the jobs lost at Magellan this year. This is very grim news for our members, their families and the Dorset economy.

“The south west region can ill-afford to lose these highly skilled jobs and further reinforces the need for greater government help for the aviation sector to tide it through the pandemic.

“Our government is failing UK industries and jobs. It needs to step up support like other governments, including Germany and many others. The government must take the lion’s share of responsibility for failing to intervene to support those sectors and the jobs in the economy left most exposed by the current crisis.

“The south west is home to the nation’s leading aerospace hub and is second only to the United States in terms of development and manufacture of aircraft worldwide.

“The consultation on the redundancies starts on 10 November and Unite will give maximum support to our about 100 members during this process,” she concluded

Magellan Aerospace, part of the Canadian multinational, produces parts for the aerospace industry, primarily for Airbus and Boeing. The Poole site has already closed, although it is understood that a small admin team may remain at the Bournemouth office.

By Shaun Noble

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