A number of constituents have written to me about the proposed job losses at RAF Valley.
There has been a lot of speculation about the future of BAE jobs at RAF Valley. I have spoken to the RAF, MoD Ministerial Team and representatives from Unite to fully understand the position and I want to share what is really happening.
Last week, the MoD and BAE Systems started routine consultation talks with the Unions about potential options for the renewal of the Hawk 2020 support contract. Whenever consultation talks take place, various options are discussed, and the consultation process is intended to work towards decisions involving all parties.
Following the opening discussions, the Unite Union issued a press release stating that up to 186 jobs could be lost at the site over the next 13 years, as a result of efficiencies in support arrangements.
I would like to reassure you that absolutely no decisions have been made.
I have spoken with Mr Peter Hughes, Unite Regional Secretary and we are both committed to working together to keep good quality jobs here on the Island.
The MoD continues to work with BAE Systems and Unite to understand the impact of any decisions that might be taken. I will continue to work with Unite to protect local jobs. The consultation process will be running throughout the Autumn and I will be kept informed of progress.
This Government is focused on delivering its levelling up agenda and to rural coastal communities like Ynys Môn this means jobs, skilled employment and investment. This is my priority too and I will fight to prevent jobs being lost here.