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Bombardier to cut 95 Belfast jobs

Bombardier to cut 95 Belfast jobs”

Bombardier, which employs nearly 5,000 people in Belfast and accounts for 10% of Northern Ireland's manufacturing exports, is facing significant costs in the fallout with U.S. aeronautics powerhouse Boeing.

The redundancies are not related to the firm's trade dispute in the United States but centre on the outsourcing of IT services, union leaders added.

The company said it is part of global reductions in its workforce announced in 2016.

It said it would "explore opportunities to help mitigate the number of compulsory redundancies".

Bombardier Belfast said the latest redundancies are being made to "cut costs and improve the efficiency of our operations to help ensure our long-term competitiveness".

At the time, the firm said the deal was meant to improve productivity and reduce costs.

Managers and professional support staff will be affected by the cuts
Managers and professional support staff will be affected by the cuts

In February past year the aerospace firm announced it was to shed more than 1,000 jobs from its Northern Ireland operations.

That was in response to severe financial pressure as cost overruns on its new CSeries jet drained cash out of the company.

USA giant Boeing is objecting to the sale of the Canadian firm's aircraft - in particular its flagship CSeries passenger jets - at what it claims is a below-market rate, subsidised in part by a $1bn bailout from Quebec's regional government.

Boeing wants the USA trade authorities to impose financial penalties.

The British prime minister and both the DUP and Sinn Féin party leaders have intervened to warn the USA president and vice president that the Boeing case has the potential to threaten thousands of jobs at Bombardier's Northern Ireland operations.



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