ROLLS-Royce will cut a third of its Rotherham workforce amid a sharp reduction in commercial aerospace activity.
The Derby-based firm announced a major reorganisation of staff last year due to the unprecedented drop in engine flying hours.
The global workforce is being squeezed by at least 9,000 roles some 8,000 of which will be from the civil aerospace business.
A Rolls-Royce spokeswoman said: “In November, we told our employees that this would include around 420 shop floor roles across our UK civil aerospace sites.
“Last week, we gave our local impacted teams a breakdown of the around 420 roles, which includes a proposed reduction of 75 at our site in Rotherham.
“We have also re-opened voluntary severance (VS) to employees across the majority of our civil aerospace UK sites and we would expect the first leavers to be exiting the organisation in March.
“We have been working closely with the trade union to mitigate roles through VS and redeployment since the beginning of our restructuring activity and will continue to do so following this latest announcement.
“This news will understandably be very worrying for our employees in Rotherham and our number one priority is to provide support to them and their families.”
The firm’s £110 million Advanced Blade Casting Facility was opened at Catcliffe’s Advanced Manufacturing Park in 2015 and was fully operational two years later.
A source said: “Aviation is in trouble but this is a massive attack. It’s a very worrying time for everyone and it’s just going to be a management decision about who they pick.”
Rotherham MP Sarah Champion has written to Rolls Royce, and says: “I am deeply concerned by the proposed loss of 75 jobs at Rolls-Royce in Rotherham. Rolls-Royce is a prestigious employer, and these are skilled well-paid jobs.
“The coronavirus pandemic has, of course, had a substantial impact upon the aviation sector. Through no fault of their own, a significant proportion of Rolls-Royce’s Rotherham workforce face unemployment in the most challenging of circumstances.
“It is vital that comprehensive support is put in place to assist affected workers. Where possible, Rolls-Royce must ensure that staff are re-deployed and are able to access training necessary to do so.
“I am in contact with both Rolls-Royce and trade unions and will be doing everything I can to stand up for affected workers and to protect jobs in Rotherham.”