Belfast Telegraph

Bombardier cutting 95 jobs in Northern Ireland

By John Mulgrew

Bombardier is cutting almost 100 staff amid fresh cuts at the struggling aerospace giant, it can be revealed.

It's understood staff are being briefed about the loss of around 95 workers, primarily support staff, and both permanent and agency.

It comes as the Canadian-owned plane making giant, which employs more than 4,000 workers in Northern Ireland, is facing an uncertain future here.

DUP leader Arlene Foster and Sinn Fein's Michelle O'Neill have written to US Vice President Mike Pence over the "very grave economic threat" facing Bombardier in Northern Ireland, warning it could have repercussions for the peace process.

It follows the eruption of a transatlantic trade war that could impact on more than 4,000 Bombardier workers here.

The row centres around a legal challenge by rival North American aerospace manufacturer Boeing.

A spokeswoman for Bombardier said: "Following the 7,500 global workforce reductions announced by Bombardier Inc. last October, we have reviewed our manpower requirements in Belfast and regret to confirm that we must reduce our workforce levels by up to 95.  Those impacted will be functional support personnel, including managers and professional staff.

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"We acknowledge the impact this will have on our workforce and their families and will explore opportunities to help mitigate the number of compulsory redundancies.

"However, we need to continue to cut costs and improve the efficiency of our operations to help ensure our long-term competitiveness."

US giant Boeing is objecting to the sale of the Canadian firm's aircraft - in particular its flagship CSeries passenger jets - at what it claims is a below-market rate, subsidised in part by a $1bn bailout from Quebec's regional government.

The challenge by Boeing, if successful, could effectively price out and cut off Bombardier's largest market in the US and lead to major job losses.

Prime Minister Theresa May has already spoken to President Donald Trump over the issue.

She is also due to meet Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau next week.

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