Portsmouth’s BAE Systems workers spared job axe

AT WORK A ship builder constructs a section of the first of two Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers at BAE Systems in Portsmouth.
AT WORK A ship builder constructs a section of the first of two Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers at BAE Systems in Portsmouth.
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WORKERS at BAE Systems’ sites in the Portsmouth area have been spared in the defence giants’ jobs cull, announced today.

It is cutting almost 3,000 jobs at its sites across the country, mainly in its military aircraft division.

The firm, which has sites at Portsmouth Naval Base, Broad Oak in Anchorage Park and in Elettra Avenue,Waterlooville, said the redundancies were to keep the company competitive.

In Hampshire, 78 jobs are to go at BAE Systems’ aerospace centre in Farnborough.

51 jobs are also to go in Christchurch, Dorset.

They have come after the government last year announced swingeing cuts to its defence spending.