Bombardier Belfast announces 95 new “at risk” jobs


Bombardier staff in Belfast face an uncertain future following news of 95 new job cuts.The Canadian maker of jets and trains said it had to make the “further” reduction in its core staff in the city due to “easing” in market demand.

Hundreds of possible job cuts were announced by the company in June.

A spokesperson said they “deeply regret” the latest news.

Their statement to Belfast Live read: ‘Following our June announcement of a reduction in the workforce following extraordinary industrial disruptions and challenges caused by COVID-19, we have completed another review of our Belfast requirements for all of our aircraft programs.

“In light of the further easing of market demand for the remainder of this year and into 2021, we regret to confirm that we need to make a further downward adjustment in our workforce.

“In Northern Ireland, 95 additional core Bombardier jobs are at risk of layoff. The company will file an official HR1 dismissal notice with the Ministry of possibility of mitigating the number of layoffs.

“We deeply regret the impact this will have on our workforce and their families, but aligning our business with current market realities is critical to securing a long-term sustainable future. ”

According to union Unite, this news is yet another blow to a workforce that is already suffering the loss of around 600 permanent and temporary jobs due to the continued impact of Covid-19 on the sectors of the aviation and aerospace.

They reiterated their call for a Northern Ireland bailout strategy combined with a UK-wide aerospace task force to rescue the critical industry.

In early July, Unite published a study showing that job losses in the aerospace sector to date had cut UK output by £ 500million and household spending by £ 50million.

Unite’s regional secretary, Jackie Pollock, said the additional cuts are “unnecessary” and the focus should be on supporting the sector.

“Workers at Bombardier are extremely concerned that, rather than focusing on lobbying both Stormont and Westminster for increased support for this critical industry – including extensions to the leave plan – employers are using the crisis as an excuse to downsize thanks to a series of layoffs, ”he explained.

“Such stealthy job cuts will not be tolerated.

“Before Covid, the Northern Ireland aerospace cluster consisted of 220 companies employing around 10,000 people,” he added.

“This means that despite only 2.8% of the UK’s population, Northern Ireland is home to over 8% of UK aerospace companies and 10% of aerospace jobs.

“The sector directly generates £ 1bn of output (gross value added) per year and contributes over £ 2bn to all manufacturing output in Northern Ireland.

“Politicians in Stormont and Westminster must now focus on developing a Northern Ireland bailout strategy combined with a UK-wide aerospace task force to ensure that, rather than being weakened, the sector is in pole position to drive our recovery after Covid. “


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