AN AIRBUS supplier intends to make nearly 60 of its staff redundant, a union claims.

Unite union says the move by Metal Improvement Company (MIC), based at Hawarden Airport, is “another big blow to the Welsh aerospace sector”. 

The news comes just days after 240 proposed redundancies were announced at Magellan, itself an Airbus supplier, at its Llay-based site.

Unite says the proposed redundancies form part of a "consistent and worrying cycle" of job losses in the aerospace sector, further confirming Unite's call for an immediate package of UK Government financial support to support jobs and skills retention.

Dave Griffiths, Unite regional officer, said: “This is devastating news for the workers at Metal Improvement Company.

"The highly skilled workforce employed at MIC have been dealt a cruel double blow through the reduction in panel work from both Airbus and projected work from other customers such as Magellan.

"Unite in Wales is ready to work with the employer to offset as many at risk employees as possible. The aerospace sector is clearly is a deep and urgent crisis. Without immediate Government intervention for the Aerospace sector the loss of skills in Wales will have a generational impact on the industry’s ability to bounce back in a post Brexit economy.

"Unite will be doing everything possible to support our members during this difficult and worrying time."

MIC has been approached by the Leader for comment.