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Bombardier 'evaluating' Belfast operations - company to cut 5,000 global workforce jobs

Bombardier is reviewing its Belfast operations after it announced it is to cut its global work force by 5,000.

On Thursday the business also announced it would sell off two of its businesses in a move to concentrate on its core business.

The transport company employs around 70,000 and it's thought around 3,000 of the jobs to be cut are based in Canada.

Around 4,000 staff work at the company's Northern Ireland sites.

In a statement, the company said: "Following Bombardier’s announcement today [Thursday], we will take the necessary time to evaluate what this means for our aerostructures and engineering services business.  We will communicate with our employees in more detail over the coming weeks.

"We won’t speculate on how this global workforce reduction will impact our Belfast site.  We will take the necessary time to evaluate what it means for our business."

East Belfast MP Gavin Robinson said he would engage with the company's management to discuss any impact on their local operations.

“Bombardier are a vital part of our local economy and obviously any announcement relating to job cuts will cause concerns. I continually engage with the company and have been encouraged by a renewed sense of dynamism within the Belfast operation," the DUP MP said.

"I have been in contact with management in Belfast to discuss any potential for local impact arising from this announcement today and will continue do so over the weeks ahead.”

In addition to its headquarters in Belfast, where administration, engineering, fuselage and wing production are based, the company has several other facilities.

Customer Services, maintenance, repair and overhaul, and composites production, including engine nacelles, are based at Newtownabbey and further composites production takes place in Dunmurry.  Sheet-metal component production is based at Newtownards.

Bombardier has faced mounting pressure and had been restructuring operations in Belfast and across the world over recent years. Earlier this year it sold part of its C-Series aircraft to Airbus.

This came after a long running battle with US authorities and rival Boeing who argued the sale of the aircraft breached competition laws in he States. That came out in favour of Bombardier.

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