Union representatives at Safran Landing Systems are to meet with bosses today (Feb 1) to discuss job losses at the Gloucestershire wing of the firm

The French-owned Staverton-based major employer and landing gear specialist is understood to be considering up to 30 redundancies.

“The union is meeting the company today. Staff have been told there could be redundancies,” a source told Gloucestershirelive.co.uk.

 
Safran - staff gather outside the aerospace firm in protest over possiblecuts back in 2016

It is understood the aerospace company, formerly called Messier Bugatti Dowty, has taken the decision for two reasons.

Firstly there is a lower demand for some of the company’s spares as the military and civil aircraft they serve reach the end of their operational lives.

And secondly the company wants to consolidate its warehouse operations in one location - and that is in central Europe.

A source at the company said the decision was "nothing to do with Brexit", but a decision taken to improve efficiency for customers who expected orders to be met immediately with spares guaranteed at an airport for shipment within two hours.

A statement for the company said: “On Tuesday 30th January 2018, Safran Landing Systems UK Limited announced to employees that it is considering making up to thirty redundancies at its Gloucester site.

“The company is located at Cheltenham Road East Gloucester, GL2 9QH and currently employs more than 900 people. Senior managers held a series of briefings with employees to explain that the company is facing a lower demand in out-of-production spares for some of its older civil and military products.

“They also shared proposals for consolidating warehousing operations at a centralized European hub to improve customer service and efficiency.

“In compliance with its legal obligation, the company is consulting on the proposals and has opened a formal consultation with the recognised trade unions at the site, Unite the union and the GMB.

“The consultation will include exploring with employee representatives ways to avoid or reduce the potential redundancies and how to mitigate the consequences for employees.”

In last year’s Top 100 Businesses in Gloucestershire supplement, Safran was recorded as employing nearly 1,000 staff and turning over £713m.

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