BAE cuts 200 shipbuilding roles, AMWU warns of further job losses

BAE will cut another 200 jobs at its Williamstown shipyard as the company’s Air Warfare Destroyer work comes to an end, with the AMWU claiming that a remaining 150 jobs could be gone by Christmas.

It was reported overnight that BAE’s global CEO said if no new work was awarded to BAE, the Melbourne site would close down in the first quarter of next year.

AAP reports global CEO Ian King saying that “beyond the LHD program and Air Warfare Destroyer block manufacture, the group has announced further headcount reductions and a consolidation of its operating divisions.” 200 jobs will be cut at the site, with the remaining 150 workers finishing off the AWD work.

This follows 125 redundancies in August at the site. At an October 2014 peak, there were 1,100 workers on site, according to The Guardian.

Local CEO Glynn Phillips said the project-based nature of shipbuilding work was behind the need to shed workers.

As it did when the August redundancies were announced, the AMWU warned that – without new work awarded by the federal government – there would be nobody left employed onsite by next year, citing what it called a failure by the government to bring forward shipbuilding contracts.

“These job losses could have been prevented if the Coalition Government had brought forward construction of the Pacific Patrol boats and two new supply ships for the Navy,” the union’s Glenn Thompson told The Herald Sun.

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