GMB Experts in the World of Work
Join GMB today
 Follow @GMB_union

Bombardier Belfast Job Losses Not Good News

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Job Losses At Bombardier Belfast Is Not Good News For Manufacturing In Northern Ireland Says GMB

Around 200 jobs may go in Belfast as there are hopes that the number of jobs lost can be mitigated so discussions are on-going on this says GMB.

GMB commented on job losses at the Bombardier plant in Belfast. See notes to editors for report on PA,

Michael Mulholland, GMB Regional Organiser, said “This is not very good news for manufacturing in Northern Ireland.

Our shop steward has met with the employer but at this stage it is not known how many members will be affected.

In total around 200 jobs may go in Belfast as there are hopes that the number of jobs lost can be mitigated. Discussions are on-going on this."


Contact: Michael Mulholland, Regional Organiser in Belfast 02890 393340 or 07974 018413 or GMB press office 07974 251 823 or 07921 289880

Notes to editors

Story on PA on 14th May 2015


Bombardier has confirmed it will cut more than 1,750 employees in Canada and Northern Ireland over the coming months to adjust for weak demand for some of its business jets.

About 1,000 of the lost jobs will be in Montreal, where Bombardier has its main operations, while 480 are in Toronto and 280 in Belfast.

Bombardier said it is reducing production of its Global 5000 and Global 6000 aircraft, the largest of its business jets.

The cuts will begin in June and continue until the first quarter of 2016.

A spokeswoman for Bombardier in Belfast said the "unfortunate" job losses were in line with customer demand for its products.

She said most of the jobs impacted would be temporary posts and agency workers.

"Up to 280 of our workforce will be impacted, but we plan to mitigate this number through a range of measures, including transfers to other programmes and projects," she added.

"The majority of those affected will be members of our complementary labour force and other temporary and agency staff who work alongside our employees.

"A small number of Bombardier employees will also be affected, but we will look at all opportunities to avoid the need for compulsory redundancies within our permanent workforce.
"We deeply regret the impact this will have on all those affected and their families.

"Bombardier remains committed to the Global 5000 and Global 6000 products, and its long-term outlook for the business aircraft market, as well as the industry's, remains strong."


Share this page