Hopes of local jobs at new development

Rolls Royce entrance, Watnall Road, Hucknall.
Rolls Royce entrance, Watnall Road, Hucknall.

Employees, residents and community leaders continue to be concerned over the future of Rolls-Royce in the town.

With the imminent departure of 71 workers at the site following the announcement last month of job losses, the uncertainty continues to cause a stir.

“No one will commit to buying anything on finance and get a mortgage as they don’t think we will be working there in the near future,” said one worker who didn’t want to be named.

The worker claims that some contracts have been moved overseas reducing the hours in Hucknall.

“The positive in all this is that the company has full order books for the new XWB engine, which is a new leaner burn engine, but the problem is although we’re getting a few parts to do on this engine it’s not enough to secure a future,” claimed the worker.

“We are being told that Hucknall Sheet Metal Work, will stay at Hucknall but unless they invest in our site like they promised we will never believe them.

“Unless someone gets involved we will lose Hucknall’s biggest employer.”

Sherwood MP Mark Spencer has been trying to get to the bottom of the situation at Rolls-Royce by meeting union officials and managers.

“Both groups acknowledged the situation but they seem to be in limbo right now,” said Mr Spencer. “The managers said they are still committed to keep the sheet metal facility at Hucknall but they need to keep the communication with workers open.

“They said they have to wait until spring to see where they are going and they are a long way from a settled position,” he added. “But the problem is a secure workforce is a productive workforce and they seem to be unable to allay fears at this stage.

“I hope that by spring the workers will be in a secure position and the company will continue to invest in the town.”

The company moved to reassure workers and the town this week that they remain committed to the site.

“Hucknall is the location of a number of Rolls-Royce businesses and these are an integral part of our Supply Chain manufacturing organisation,” said the spokesman. “In order to deliver the most competitive service to our customers we are investigating options to deliver improved facilities at our Hucknall Sheet Metal Works in discussions with our employees.”

The company said they are still in consultation over the 71 job losses and hope to ‘mitigate any potential impact’ by ‘moving affected employees to other areas of our business’ and by‘voluntary severance and the phased release of temporary agency contractors’.