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Rolls-Royce engineers to strike over jobs at risk

SPECIALIST engineers at a Rolls-Royce plant in Lancashire began five days of strike action today to defend hundreds of threatened jobs.

The engineers, who are key to the production of jet engines, accuse the company of failing to honour guarantees on the future of 350 jobs at the factory in Barnoldswick that were given after strike action last year.

Further strike action is planned from August 9 to 20.

Unite regional officer Ross Quinn said: “Unite has been seeking to resolve this dispute through negotiation, but the company has failed to issue the assurances that workers need.

“If Rolls-Royce provides those guarantees, then the strike action can be called off.”

He warned that other workers at the factory are to be balloted on strike action.

“When Barnoldswick was first under threat, the entire community got behind the campaign and Unite will be rebuilding that coalition in the new battle to save Barnoldswick,” he said.

Rolls-Royce was asked to comment.

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