A local news outlet in Portsmouth is reporting that 60 jobs at the local Vector Aerospace facility at Fleetlands are at risk after the company lost s contract.
Portsmouth News says Vector had bid for the Digital Automatic Flight Control System upgrade programme for the Royal Air Force’s Chinook helicopter fleet.
Steve Burnell from Boeing Defence UK is reported as saying that Vector were not competitive on cost and that Boeing would “perform the work elsewhere” and not subcontract it to Vector. Although that does not rule out the work being offered to another supplier, Vector have told employees that Boeing are doing the work in-house.
Vector is expecting that the affected employees will be transferred to Boeing under the UK TUPE (Transfer of Undertaking – Protection of Employees) laws but Boeing does not accept that the situation falls within the range of that legislation. Employment lawyers and the Unite union are involved.