British aerospace company Rolls-Royce is planning to eliminate about 320 jobs in the UK, according to the workers' union Unite.
The Unite union yesterday said that the company has started negotiations to cut around 320 jobs at its Bristol and Derby plants.
The aero-engine giant confirmed the move, but did not reveal the number of jobs that are under threat.
It said that it will eliminate support staff, not employees involved in the design and manufacture of engines, and added that it wants to put more people in front line engineering and production areas and fewer in support functions in order to increase production and stay competitive.
The move comes after Rolls-Royce last month said it was planning to shut its defence operations at Ansty in the West Midlands where it employs 800 people, which would lead to around 400 job losses.
''Rolls-Royce is a massive success story in UK manufacturing, making record profits and with a booming order book. The company needs the support of its employees to continue this success story and fulfill its commitments to its customers,'' said Ian Waddell, national officer for aerospace and shipbuilding at Unite.
''Another round of redundancies in these circumstances, on top of the 400 job losses proposed in its defence business, is a criminal waste of talent that will create insecurity and damage morale in the workforce.''