More positions are lost at aerospace engineering firm

MORE jobs have been axed at a Wigan aerospace engineering company, we can reveal.

Another 12 people have lost their jobs at BHW Components – the second time that jobs have gone at the firm in less than a year.

The latest round of redundancies are being blamed on a failure to bring in more contracts to keep the positions viable. The staff that have been made redundant this week include seven frontline staff consisting of welders and other semi-skilled tradsemen and five indirect employees.

This latest blow follows a turbulent year for BHW workers who saw 63 jobs cut last June, which was blamed on lack of new orders from BAe Systems, which is one of the firm’s major partners and is itself feeling the effects of the worldwide recession.

The company which is based at Hawkley Brook Trading Estate, Worthington Way, Marus Bridge is part of the larger Hampson Group which is based in Texas USA.

It manufactures airframe components for the world’s leading airline manufacturers. But the aerospace industry has been dealt a series of blows in recent weeks, including BAe Systems being forced to scrap the Nimrod aircraft. A former sheet metal worker at the company, who asked not to be named, said the job losses were not a major surprise but they had still come as a blow to the staff.

He said: “The work just isn’t coming in for the company to justify keeping on all the staff.

“They haven’t picked up many orders at all, since last year.

“It’s a real shame to see the employees go like this, there are probably around 150 staff left there now, a lot less than what there used to be.

“When I started, there were about 2,000 workers but the company is now a shadow of its former self. It is very sad”

In August 2008, BHW cut 50 jobs and then a further 97 jobs were axed in June 2009.

The redundancies that time, were blamed on the company losing out on a bid for a major contract with Airbus UK.

Nobody from BHW Components was available to comment on the latest round of job losses.

No-one from the Unite union, which is the main union on the site, was available for comment at the time of going to press.