Rolls Royce in Renfrewshire to cut jobs

Nearly 100 jobs are to be cut from the Rolls-Royce plant at Inchinnan in Renfrewshire.

The company is already undertaking talks with employee representatives over its plans to reduce their workforce by 2,000 world-wide.

The plant at Inchinnan presently employs 900 workers and there are plans to make 96 redundancies.

One worker, who did not wish to be named, told the Paisley Daily Express: "Many of the staff are absolutely gutted. It's all doom and gloom on the faces of people in the plant who are now facing an uncertain future.

"We kind of figured that this was coming when it was announced that Boeing was cutting back. The worst bit is just waiting to see who's going."

Jim Sheridan, Paisley and Renfrewshire North MP, and West Renfrewshire MSP Trish Godman, have expressed their concerns over the job losses which follow the announcement that the Hewlett Packard plant in Bishopton is also to cut its workforce.

Mr Sheridan said: "This is another bad blow for Renfrewshire.

"The impact of the global economic downturn is now being felt close to home and I will be working with Trish Godman to do all that can be done to help those workers at Rolls-Royce's Inchinnan plant find work.

"I am hopeful that Rolls-Royce will stand by their pledge to limit compulsory redundancies and offer staff retraining and redeployment."

A spokesman for the company confirmed: "We are discussing proposed job reductions with employee representatives.

"We will aim to achieve as many of these reductions as possible by voluntary severance and natural attrition during the year."