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Staff at KLM UK Engineering in Norwich apply for voluntary redundancy after news of job cuts

17:34 29 March 2016

KLM UK Engineering at Norwich Airport.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

KLM UK Engineering at Norwich Airport. Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

About two dozen staff at KLM UK Engineering have applied for voluntary redundancy after it emerged 40 jobs are at risk at the company, according to a union spokesman.

Talks are ongoing with staff and union reps at the aircraft maintenance firm, based at Norwich International Airport on Liberator Road, which employs 430 people.

The company refused to comment on the threat of redundancies, but Unite the Union has confirmed 40 full-time positions are at risk, with around 24 staff already opting for voluntary redundancy.

A consultation is ongoing over the remaining 16 positions, and the union expects further discussions to be held around shift patterns.

Steve Harley, regional officer for Unite the Union, said an “increased demand” on services during the winter and autumn had forced an “economical restructuring” in the business.

“There is an increasing demand for airlines to keep their fleet up in the air during the summer months, and based on that they are extremely busy in the spring, autumn and winter, with very little work in the summer,” he said. “Based on that the company has determined it needs some redundancies to bring the workforce in line with the demand.”

KLM UK Engineering, a subsidiary of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, dipped into the red in 2014 after struggling market prices and light workloads dealt a blow to its performance.

The firm saw pre-tax profits fall from £6,497 to a £1m loss for the year ending December 31 2014, as it battled a slowdown in work during the summer of 2014.

According to its latest accounts filed at Companies House, turnover fell from £32.4m to £31.5m to the end of December 2014. But the aeroplane maintenance firm said it was continuing to see a growing demand for aircraft checks for Boeing 737 and Next Generation fleets, while plans to capture more work for the Airbus A320 were gaining traction.

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9 comments

  • Maybe they are going to replace the 40 or so people with apprentices, which our glorious leader Dave, couldn't wait to praise KLM Engineering for last August, plus the great photo op. But keep repeating to yourselves "everything is getting better". If you keep saying something over & over, maybe you can brainwash people into believing it.

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    sheringhamlocal

    Tuesday, March 29, 2016

  • Sad for the 24 losing their jobs at KLM. However, why has the EDP still not run a story about the 150 HMRC people going through redundancy from Nelson House in Norwich?

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    Tarquin

    Tuesday, March 29, 2016

  • Kessena Emuakpeje

    Tuesday, March 29, 2016

  • Don't try and correct the idiot. I prefer to leave him in ignorance. Far more fun reading his bile and then marvelling at how someone can be so out of touch, but not afraid to show it to everyone.

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    Tom Jeffries

    Friday, March 25, 2016

  • Interesting viewpoint JLN, but this is KLM Engineering, not the airline.

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    Only Me

    Friday, March 25, 2016

  • What's Chloe going to do about this one?

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    beverley

    Thursday, March 24, 2016

  • There in lies the trouble MooseyT11 they cannot expand on that site and a few years down the road it will be sold off for housing, which will be far more profitable, mark my words.

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    John L Norton

    Thursday, March 24, 2016

  • What have you been smoking John? It may be the end of KLM Engineering, but the 4 flights to AMS are full whenever I use them, and the fare is a premium one. I don't see KLM axing the route any time ever. As for Norwich 'International' Airport it trundles on, despite many poor decisions from management. Could have been a lot better if the old management hadn't stifled growth at a time when everyone else was expanding rapidly but hey ho.

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    MooseyT11

    Thursday, March 24, 2016

  • Looks like the beginning of the end for initially KLM, followed by Norwich airport as they will not be able to exist in today's climate, for so many reasons.

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    John L Norton

    Thursday, March 24, 2016

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