Thursday, 11 June 2020

Bombardier axing 600 jobs in Northern Ireland

Four hundred Bombardier staff and 200 agency works are losing their jobs in Northern Ireland after Bombardier has decided to shed more positions as it struggles to cope with the effects of coronavirus COVID-19. 

"We deeply regret the impact this will have on our workforce and their families, but it is crucial that we resize our business in line with market realities in these unprecedented circumstances," Bombardier said in a statement and comes on the back of the 2,500 redundancies across the Canadian firm's global operations announced last week.

The Canadian firm has been for many months been looking at ways of reducing overheads in Northern Ireland and had been expected to announce job losses before the pandemic spread globally.  The latest job losses are in response to "extraordinary industry interruptions and challenges" caused by coronavirus. 

Economy Minister Diane Dodds said this was "devastating news"  and she understood "the significant distress today's announcement will cause.  I understand the 90-day redundancy will go into action today and as this progresses, of course, my department will organise help to those who are impacted both in terms of any other employment opportunities or retraining and up-skilling,"

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