Taking Action ... Unite and the Hull Daily Mail vs BAE and the Government

Battle for Brough: BAE workers
Battle for Brough: BAE workers

Protesters Unite and the Hull Daily Mail
Target BAE and the Government
Location BAE's Brough factory, East Yorkshire
Date 28 September

The lowdown

More than 700 workers assembled at the front gates of BAE Systems' Brough factory to launch a Battle for Brough protest in a bid to retain axed jobs. Stories were written on a selection of workers and a video was produced to highlight the campaign, organised by the Hull Daily Mail and trade unions.

Why the protest?

BAE announced on 27 September that it was cutting nearly 3,000 jobs within its military air and information and shared services businesses, and at its head office. Almost 900 out of a 1,300 strong workforce at the Brough site will face redundancy, in addition to employees in Lancashire.

How did BAE and the Government respond?

The company is due to start a 90-day consultation with unions and workers at some sites. BAE chief executive Ian King announced: 'We understand that this is a time of uncertainty for our employees and we are committed to working with them and their representatives to explore ways of mitigating the potential job losses.' Business Secretary Vince Cable has vowed to do 'everything possible' to help those laid off.

How did the media cover it?

The campaign was covered by local media including the Hull Daily Mail and Yorkshire Post, with national coverage in the Daily Mail, The Guardian and BBC News.

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