28/10/2016

UUP Respond To Bombardier Redundancies

The Ulster Unionist Economy spokesperson, Steve Aiken, and Andy Allen MLA for East Belfast, have made statements regarding the announcement that Bombardier plans to complete 1,080 redundancies previously planned for 2017 within months.
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Mr Aiken said: "Despite all the talk from the Executive that our economy is on the up, the facts are starting to speak for themselves. These are not isolated events, this is a serious trend of major job losses and signs of a manufacturing industry on its knees. Surely, the Executive must now see that our manufacturing sector needs urgent support and intervention."

Mr Allen added:"This is a devastating blow, not only for the people of Belfast, but for people from all over the province employed with Bombardier. It is very disappointing that despite being given reassurances, job losses are now being brought forward earlier than anticipated. This is the third time the firm has adjusted cuts originally planned for next year. I am deeply concerned for all those effected by the announcement today and I hope that situations like this can be prevented in the future."

(BL/MH)

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