Rolls-Royce factory workers reach deal after strike action over job cuts

Action was being taken at the plant in Barnoldswick in Lancashire

A long-running dispute at a Rolls-Royce factory has been resolved after workers accepted a deal.

Members of the Unite union at the Rolls-Royce plant in Barnoldswick, Lancashire, started taking industrial action last November in protest at plans to cut jobs and move work making aeroplane fan blades to Singapore.

Unite said the deal, which has been supported overwhelmingly by the workforce, will give the historic site a new lease of life as a core manufacturing facility and make it host to a new centre of excellence.

Steve Turner, Unite’s assistant general secretary, said: “Today is a day for celebration at the Barnoldswick plant and their community.

“They demonstrated real solidarity in the face of a genuine threat, stood together and have won a future. True local heroes who have inspired a generation.

Published: 14/01/2021 by Radio NewsHub