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BAE Employees Take Pay Cuts to Save Jobs of 120 Co-Workers

BAE Systems Plc employees in Samlesbury, England, where work is done on the Eurofighter Typhoon jet, agreed to pay cuts to save the jobs of 120 colleagues, a union said.

About 1,200 workers voted “virtually unanimously” to take one day of unpaid leave a month for two years in order to save 120 jobs, Unite said in an e-mailed statement today.

Trade unions and BAE management have already mitigated the majority of the 565 job losses originally scheduled, the union said. BAE last September announced plans to cut as many as 3,000 jobs in the U.K. amid slowed production of the Eurofighter Typhoon and F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

“The workers at BAE Systems are highly skilled,” Unite said. “The U.K. economy cannot afford to lose them. We hope BAE Systems and the government does everything possible to secure new contracts over the next two years and learns from the example shown by the workers as Samlesbury.”

The U.K. weapons manufacturer has said its home market won’t grow in 2012 and that U.S. defense budget cuts will create uncertainty in coming years.

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