Aerospace giant Bombardier is cutting up to 600 jobs in Northern Ireland, it has announced.
The firm said, following a wider global announcement of 2,500 losses across the firm, around 400 “core employee” jobs are now at risk of redundancy.
It's understood the losses include 400 core staff and a further 200 temporary roles are at risk.
“Around 400 Bombardier core employee jobs in Northern Ireland are currently at risk of redundancy,” the firm says.
“The company will be lodging a formal HR1 redundancy notice with the Department for the Economy, following which there will be a 90-day consultation period when we will explore opportunities to mitigate the number of redundancies.
"We deeply regret the impact this will have on our workforce and their families, but it is crucial that we resize our business in line with market realities in these unprecedented circumstances.
“Bombardier Aviation announced last week that it would adjust its workforce to align with current market conditions reflecting the extraordinary industry interruptions and challenges caused by Covid-19.
“We have now reviewed our requirements in Belfast for all of our aircraft programmes and regret to confirm that we must adjust our core workforce levels downwards by around 400 to align with market demand for the remainder of this year and through 2021.”
ADS chief executive, Paul Everitt, said: “Businesses in the whole of the UK aerospace industry are now facing difficult decisions affecting their workforces. This is an unsettling time for workers and their families.
“Bombardier’s Belfast operation is a successful business that has strong growth prospects, including for the A220 programme, once demand returns to the global aerospace market in the months and years ahead.
“Government support including the Job Retention Scheme has helped to limit the impact of this crisis and we need further sector specific support to be implemented urgently to ensure we safeguard the capability and capacity needed to take advantage of growth once it returns.”