NORTHERN IRELAND trade unions attacked “devastating” plans for 280 redundancies at aircraft maker Bombardier yesterday.
The Canadian firm claimed the lay-offs were needed to make the company competitive in the long term.
Unite regional co-ordinating officer Davy Thompson called it “devastating news” a month on from the announcement of 95 job losses.
He said the news “highlights our concerns that the Airbus agreement secured in the last fortnight has not provided any long-term guarantees to Northern Ireland workers.”
France-based transnational Airbus took a majority stake in Bombardier’s high-end new C-Series airliner — for which the Belfast plant makes the wings — for no cost.
The deal was seen as a move to avoid a 300 per cent tariff threatened by the US Treasury after US rival Boeing claimed Bombardier had gained an unfair competitive advantage through state aid.