Engineering News – Late January 2021

Workers at the Barnoldswick Rolls-Royce factory have agreed to a deal which will save 350 jobs and guarantee its future.

Workers, including members of Unite the Union, undertook a series of strikes and following recent negotiations with employers have now “overwhelmingly” backed a peace deal between the two sides.

The deal will give the historic site a new lease of life as a core manufacturing facility and host to a new ‘centre of excellence’, training tomorrow’s engineers to meet the challenges of the climate emergency.

Union leaders believe the agreement provides the factory – home of the World War Two Lancaster bomber and birthplace of the Frank Whittle jet engine – with the opportunity to retain advanced manufacturing for decades to come and position itself within Rolls-Royce as a leading player in the development and manufacture of the products and technologies needed to combat climate change.


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