A consultation period regarding the potential redundancy of more than 2,000 members of staff at BAE Systems in the north of England has been extended.
Some 2,300 jobs are at risk at plants managed by the global organisation - which has more than 100,000 employees around the world - in Yorkshire and Lancashire.
The 90-day review process by the company regarding these positions in Warton, Samlesbury and Brough was scheduled to end on December 26th, but this deadline has now been extended to allow further negotiations with trade union representatives.
Ian Waddell - national office for aerospace at Unite, a body with 1.5 million members - said this is "excellent news" as it permits them some more time to "negotiate the best way to save these important jobs for the future of British manufacturing" over the Christmas period.
"Our members will welcome the breathing space this extra time gives us," he noted.
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Posted by Chris Stevenson.