Workers at the Rolls-Royce plant at Inchinnan are fearing for their jobs as the firm announced they are to cut 9,000 jobs worldwide.

More than 1,300 workers are based at the Renfrewshire aerospace factory but employees have been left in the dark about where and when the axe might fall.

The site also employs hundreds more within supply network of the Greater Renfrewshire area and locally. Any reduction in jobs would be a blow to the economy of Renfrewshire 

The firm said major reorganisation will take place because of the slow down in business brought on by the Coronavirus pandemic.

So far management have refused to consult with unions and workers about the plans, which could result in job losses at sites across the UK. 

MP Gavin Newlands, whose constituency covers the plant said, he will engage with the company and the unions and called for management to rethink their plans. 

Mr Newlands, said:  “The workforce at Inchinnan deserve better than the rumour and conjecture that have swirled around since the management’s announcement of job losses. 

“Unions across Rolls-Royce have consistently offered to work alongside the company to find a way through the current situation, and it’s completely unacceptable those offers have been ignored by management. 

“I also understand that the company have failed to make full use of the various government support schemes in place to help business through the Coronavirus pandemic which makes their announcement of job losses in the near future completely bewildering. Situations like this are exactly why these schemes were set up. 

He added: “Moreover, the fact that it is always the UK workforce that bears the brunt of any Rolls Royce “restructuring” is a little galling when the company holds its hand out for UK Government R&D funding. It’s also more than galling that the company seems to be attempting a British Airways style raid on the terms and conditions of those loyal workers lucky enough to survive the cuts. 

“The Inchinnan plant has a well-deserved reputation for high-quality, highly efficient output exported around the world and it would be crazy for Rolls-Royce to throw that global reputation for excellence away.  

“For years the workforce at Inchinnan have shown loyalty to the company, and that loyalty must be repaid by management – at the very least they deserve clarity on Rolls-Royce’s plans and real, meaningful engagement on what the future holds.” 

Neil Bibby, list MSP for West of Scotland, added: “This is distressing news for all the workers concerned, for aerospace and for the West of Scotland economy.

“The impact will be devastating for my region and for plans to grow the manufacturing sector in Renfrewshire. Both Scottish and UK governments have a responsibility to do everything they can to prevent job losses on this scale.
“There must be immediate and meaningful engagement with trade unions and to establish what assistance is needed now to save people’s jobs and protect the economy.”
Unite assistant general secretary for manufacturing Steve Turner, said: “The news that Rolls Royce is preparing to throw thousands of skilled, loyal, world class workers, their families and communities under the bus during the worst public health crisis since 1918 is shameful opportunism.

“This company has accepted public money to furlough thousands of workers. Unite and Britain’s taxpayers deserve a more responsible approach to a national emergency. We call upon Rolls Royce to step back from the brink and work with us on a better way through this crisis.”

The Inchinnan branch manufactures compressor blades and seals for planes.