Belfast Telegraph

Unions meet Bombardier chief over job loss worries

By John Mulgrew

Trade unions have met Bombardier's boss in Canada to raise concerns over the future of thousands of Northern Ireland jobs.

Unite also held a meeting with Canadian union Unifor during their trip to Montreal to meet Alain Bellemare.

The union is now heading to Washington to challenge the US government over Boeing's case against Bombardier sales to America.

Susan Fitzgerald, Unite regional industrial officer, said: "Unlike our own government, the Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, and his government have made it clear that Boeing's corporate bullying, which threatens tens of thousands of jobs globally, will result in entirely avoidable and unnecessary adverse consequences for that company.

"In our meetings with representatives of Unifor, the largest private sector union in Canada and our equivalent for workers in Bombardier and in their supply chain there, it was clear that there is a commonality of our concerns in regard to the threat posed by the imposition of crushing tariffs on the C Series.

"The punitive tariffs being threatened by the Trump administration will have a significant impact on Bombardier's extended US supply chain.

"When we arrive in Washington, we will be seeking meetings with as many leading US politicians as possible."

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