This might interest any returning renegades from DSEi or any aspiring anti-arms trade virgins.!
Activists for Safer Communities, which is an acronym of SAC, has been a co-ordinator for the protests there during 2005.
A leaflet produced and distributed to staff/workers outside the factory says "We want to talk with the workers and staff who obtain money from making arms, parts of arms or who profit in some way from arms production.........We dont want them to lose their livelihoods, BUT to begin, instead, to develop and make environmentally friendly, sustainable and non-polluting items that will be a worthy and socially useful product offering secure local employment."
At the moment, despite a letter or two to the management at BAe, they have refused to reply to reasoned argument.
The Brough BAe plant is home to the manufacture of Military Hawk (trainer) jets, the same type as were being sold by BAe, with the support of the British government, to India, amongst others, even as India was in serious military dispute with Pakistan at the time.The British government has been and is, instrumental in bringing investment and financial support to this particular BAe factory, now and into 2006, in order to help production of between 25 and 60 of these Hawk trainer jets. After that the future of the 3,000 or so of the mainly local workforce there will probably, once again, be in doubt, unless, perhaps, they urge the unions and management to convert from arms production to socially beneficial and useful production. A call to conversion is needed.
This protest is nvda and fluffy. The type of "slogans/banners and leaflets", urging the workforce and local populace to "stop and talk".
Telephone contact is Dennis the Mennis on