Belfast Telegraph

Bombardier staff in Northern Ireland accept pay deal

By John Mulgrew

Bombardier says it is still facing “significant challenges” after Northern Ireland workers accepted a fresh pay deal from the aerospace giant.

And it comes as Bombardier's Belfast boss, Michael Ryan, was promoted to a new role as president of aerostructures and engineering services.

It's understood he will continue working in Belfast, and in his current role as vice president.

Bombardier chief executive, Alain Bellemare, said: "I am very pleased to announce Michael’s appointment to Bombardier’s senior leadership team.

"His strong leadership skills, deep experience in the aerospace industry and track record of execution make him the right choice to lead Bombardier’s aerostructures business as we continue to transform our company."

Meanwhile, it's understood staff here have accepted a 2% increase in wages, after unions balloted members on a four-year pay deal.

It comes after Bombardier slashed more than 1,000 jobs here over the past year.

In October the plane maker announced a further 7,500 staff cuts globally, prompting fears of further cuts in Northern Ireland.

And last month the Belfast Telegraph revealed there are concerns over further job losses in Belfast amid a major plan to outsource IT.

A spokeswoman for Bombardier, said: “Following negotiations between the company and trade unions, the unions balloted their members on a four-year pay offer tabled by the company.

“We can confirm that that offer has been accepted by the workforce.

“We still have significant challenges to address in terms of improving our competitiveness, but we will continue to work with our employees to protect the long-term future of our business.”

Bombardier employs around 4,500 workers across Northern Ireland. The majority are based in Belfast and, among other work, produce the wings and parts of the fuselage for its C Series passenger planes.

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