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DEFENCE giant BAE Systems could be cutting 3,000 jobs due to a drop in workload.

Union bosses are calling for urgent talks with the company, which has its maritime base in Portsmouth.

The cuts are expected to be in the firm’s military aircraft divisions in the north of the country.

It is thought workers will hear their fate in the coming days.

A BAE spokeswoman said: ‘BAE Systems has informed staff we are reviewing our operations to make sure the company is performing as effectively and efficiently as possible.

‘As the outcome of this review becomes clear, we will, as always, communicate to our employees as a priority.’

Earlier this year BAE Systems said around 2,000 of its workers would leave voluntarily or move to other jobs in the company.

The cuts were blamed on decisions such as the scrapping of the Nimrod and retirement of the Harrier aircraft.