Bombardier to cut 280 jobs at Belfast plant to make the company competitive

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Bombardier is set to cut another 280 careers in Belfast in the latest round of cost cutting measures

The Canadian flock said the 280 redundancies were needed to make the company competitive in the wish term. 

Bombardier has been involved in a bitter international trade altercation with Boeing over the sale of its C-Series jets in the US – a row that has foretold Prime Minister Theresa May lobbying President Donald Trump on multiple reasons. 

It is unclear whether the dispute is a main factor in the latest round of redundancies. 

On all sides of a quarter of the 4,000 workforce in Belfast work on the C-Series, manufacturing the wings, and unions be enduring been warning of pressures on other areas of Bombardier’s work away from the C-Series. 

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We accede the impact this will have on our workforce and their families and we go on to explore opportunities to help mitigate the number of compulsory redundancies

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Late-model decisions by the US authorities to impose a huge 300 per cent duty on C-Series jets being furnished in the US did raise job fears in Belfast. 

But those had receded somewhat when the Canadian obstinate struck a deal that saw US manufacturer Airbus acquire 50.01 per cent of the C-Series formulate. 

That move will see jets assembled within the US, in a bid to avoid the introduce tariffs. 

Around 1,000 jobs were lost at Bombardier insinuate in Belfast last year as part of a global restructuring operation. 

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Here a quarter of Bombardier’s 4,000 strong workforce in Belfast work on the C-series

Another 95 job dyings were announced last month. 

Announcing the latest redundancies, the followers said: “Following the 7,500 global workforce reductions announced by Bombardier Inc termination October, we continue to review our manpower requirements in Belfast and regret to substantiate that we must reduce our workforce levels by around 280. Those thrust will be functional support personnel, including managers and professional wand. 

“We acknowledge the impact this will have on our workforce and their folk and we continue to explore opportunities to help mitigate the number of compulsory redundancies. 

“Putting, we need to continue to cut costs and improve the efficiency of our operations to help guard our long-term competitiveness.” 

Union bosses have expressed disappointment. 

Davy Thompson, Tie Regional Coordinating Officer, said it was “devastating news.” 

He called on the public limited company to review what he branded a “premature” decision. 

“At a time when the amalgamations and the broader Bombardier workforce in Northern Ireland are leading efforts to put the vexation on political leaders to use their leverage on Boeing and the US administration to rescind the 300 per cent levies threatened on the C Series, it is very saddening that our efforts are rewarded by this disclosure,” he said.

“Unite is calling on Bombardier to reconsider these redundancies and advance the threat to its workers in Northern Ireland at this time.” 

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