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Oct
2017
Friday 27th
posted by Morning Star in World

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.




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