Coronavirus: Talks start over possible General Electric job cuts in Wales

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GE Aviation already employs 1,400 at its aircraft engine maintenance plant in Nantgarw

A consultation on possible job losses at one of south Wales’ biggest employers has started after General Electric announced it will cut up to a quarter of its aviation business staff.

GE said it is consulting with the 1,400 people at its Nantgarw site, near Caerphilly, as the firm suffers from the drop of numbers in air travel.

GE Aviation, which makes jet engines, said that 13,000 of its 52,000 people worldwide workforce could be affected.

GE makes engines for Boeing and Airbus.

Their plans are the latest sign that the air travel industry is preparing for a prolonged travel slowdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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The GE site in Nantgarw, near Cardiff, recently won a £20m contract to repair engines

The firm had already announced a 10% cut to its US aviation workforce but it said “more is required”.

“The global impact of the coronavirus pandemic is being felt across the aviation industry,” said a GE spokesperson.

“The business is consulting with all employees at the Wales site, including those currently furloughed, regarding voluntary severance. The total number of people affected will only be finalised through the consultation process which is currently underway.

“We appreciate the commitment of all our employees during this difficult time, and we regret having to take this action.

“Throughout this time, we remain focussed on protecting the safety of our employees, continuing to serve our customers, and preserving our capability to respond to the industry recovers.”

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