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Government's defence cuts blamed for Rolls-Royce job losses.

The Government's 'short-sighted' defence cuts have been blamed for the nearly 400 job losses announced by Rolls-Royce, says Unite, the country's largest union.

It said that the biggest causality will be the Rolls-Royce plant at Ansty, near Coventry, where Defence Services at the site will run down and close, following the announcement of 378 job losses at its UK defence operations. Unite national officer for aerospace and shipbuilding, Ian Waddell, said: "The blame for the loss of these highly skilled jobs in the key defence sector lies with the Government and its short-sighted determination to ram through massive spending cuts in the defence budget. Once again, Unite calls for a coherent defence industrial strategy to be drawn up as matter of urgency to safeguard jobs and a defence industry at which Britain excels. This is vital--otherwise more high-skilled jobs will be lost, perhaps forever."

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Date:Feb 1, 2013
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