Britain ready to support Rolls-Royce employees over job cuts

FILE PHOTO: Workers apply a Rolls Royce decal to the engine of a Bombardier Global 6500 business jet at the Bombardier booth at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) exhibition in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. October 21, 2019. REUTERS/David Becker/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's government stands ready to help those affected by a plan at engine maker Rolls-Royce RR.L to cut at least 9,000 jobs, a spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday.

The spokesman said that although the plan to cut more than a sixth of Rolls-Royce’s workforce was distressing news for employees, the government would be ready to help them and would work with Rolls-Royce and other companies on supporting the sector.

Reporting by Elizabeth Piper; writing by Alistair Smout; editing by Stephen Addison