Belfast Telegraph

Axe falls on 40 contract workers at Bombardier

By Clare Weir

Aircraft maker Bombardier has confirmed that 40 temporary contract workers are to be let go.

The east Belfast-based, Canadian-controlled giant, which has just under 5,000 permanent staff, said that the decision was based on the uncertainty over the US, UK and EU economies and current civil unrest in north Africa.

A spokeswoman for the company, which is the world's third-largest commercial plane maker, said that the 40 'complementary' staff gave been given a week's notice by their third party supplier, thought to be Manpower.

She added that the situation with temporary workers is always under review.

"We have reduced the complementary labour force by about 40 positions," she said.

"We have a permanent workforce of just under 5,000 and we review the provision of temporary contract staff on a needs basis and provision is based on peaks and troughs and customer demand.

"Our needs and requirements for temporary staff is under constant review. A number of factors, including uncertainty in the EU and US economies and the civil disturbances in north Africa, have influenced the decision." The spokeswoman added that the outlook for Bombardier remains optimistic.

"We had a successful Paris Air Show and are working on lots of orders for the C-Series planes and the outlook is still very bright."

Composite wings for the C-Series are made at a purpose-built factory in Queen's Island, Belfast, employing around 800 people.

Three aerospace companies based in Northern Ireland - and two newcomers - are working on constructing the C-Series aircraft wings in contracts worth £70m.

Ancillary contracts for the C-Series were awarded to Denroy Plastics based in Bangor, Co Down, Williams Industrial Services of Mallusk, Newtownabbey, and Kemfast Pass of Belfast.