08/11/2018

Fears For Bombardier Jobs In Northern Ireland

Thousands of Bombardier employees in Northern Ireland face uncertainty as the Canadian company has announced 5,000 job cuts globally today, Thursday 08 November.

The aerospace and transportation manufacturer is set to review its Belfast operations but has not confirmed where the cuts will be made.

It employs almost 70,000 people, including 5,500 in Northern Ireland.

Around 4,000 of those work in the Belfast factory, making it the city's biggest employer.
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Bombardier also has operations in Newtownabbey, Dunmurry and Newtownards and accounts for 10% of its manufacturing exports.

The firm is also selling its Q series aircraft for $900million and the de Havilland trademark for $300m.

"We have set in motion the next round of actions necessary to unleash the full potential of the Bombardier portfolio," said chief executive Alain Bellemare.

Following the announcement, a Bombardier UK spokesperson said: "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."



(JG/CM)

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