Aerospace firm to cut 60 jobs

A Derbyshire aerospace firm is set to cut 60 jobs after a slump in orders.

Trelleborge Sealing Solution, which makes parts for the sector, says it will axe 40% of staff because of the downturn in the aviation sector, according to the Unite union. The firm currently employs 137 people in Swadlincote.

Unite is entering into consultations with the company to reduce the number of job losses.

Unite regional officer Katie Morris said: “This is a further blow to the aerospace industry in the East Midlands.

“Dozens of our members and their families will be feeling heartbroken and fearful tonight but we will do our very best by them.

“There is no doubt in our mind that these job losses are a direct result of the UK government’s failure to provide targeted sector-specific support, unlike other countries such as France and Germany, which have provided billions to protect their aerospace industry.

“Unite expects to enter into constructive consultations with Trelleborg. We’re determined to keep job losses to an absolute minimum and on a voluntary basis.”