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GMB Reassured Bombardier Case Being Taken Seriously by Eu Following ‘Extremely Positive’ Talks

Monday, November 13, 2017


The UK Government needs to work with EU Commission trade and competition officials to see off the threat to Northern Ireland jobs, says union.

GMB received strong reassurances from EU Commission officials and MEPs that the Bombardier case and the threat to jobs in Northern Ireland was being taken “very seriously” following ‘extremely positive’ talks.

The union had sent an urgent delegation to Brussels to demand action from the EU on Bombardier. [1]

The European Commission explained that it had been working hard to try to get the investigation on the Boeing complaint withdrawn, and was continuing to work with other interested parties to resolve the issue.

Officials committed to raise GMB’s concerns about the lack of information and detail coming from the UK Government, as well as promising to keep GMB advised of any developments.

The series of meetings with MEPs and European Commission trade officials showed the livelihoods of 4,500 workers at the Bombardier site in Belfast are being taken ‘very seriously’ by Brussels.

Bombardier was hit with punitive tariffs by US President Donald Trump’s administration after a complaint from multi-billion rival firm Boeing that it has engaged in anti-competitive practices over its new C series planes was upheld.

The company now faces an additional 80% penalty tariff — taking it from 220% to 300% — which will slap an additional $15 million dollars on the cost of each C series plane sold to Delta Airlines in the US.

There are more than 4,500 workers at the Bombardier site in Belfast - with around 1,000 workers who work directly on the C Series planes.

Bombardier has several other production and engineering sites in the EU also likely to feel the impact, which GMB feels further strengthens the urgency for EU action.

GMB says the threat of further job losses as a result of uncertainty risked having a ‘domino effect’ on the Northern Ireland economy.

Last month, GMB members working for Bombardier lobbied Shadow Northern Ireland Secretary Owen Smith to ask for more action to safeguard their jobs. [2]

Michael Mulholland, GMB Regional Organiser, said:

“The talks were extremely positive and GMB secured a firm commitment from the EU to work together with GMB to try to resolve this issue and protect vital jobs in Northern Ireland.

“Brussels clearly takes our members’ jobs very seriously indeed – they’ve got our back.

“Now it’s up to the UK Government to show the same commitment.

"We will only see off this US/Boeing threat if all shoulders are consistently put to the stone.”


Contact: Michael Mulholland on 07974 018413 or GMB press office on 07958 156846 or at

Notes to editors:

[1] GMB Send Urgent Delegation to Brussels to Demand Action from EU over Bombardier ‘farce’

Monday, November 6, 2017

Aggressive US against Northern Ireland workers tip of iceberg for Europe, says union.

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[2]  GMB’s Bombardier Members Meet Shadow Secretary of State over ‘sustained Attack’ by Boeing 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Fears are running high that this may be a blueprint for future UK trade deals with the US post-Brexit. 

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Previous press releases:

Greg Clarke Must Go Beyond Fluffy Words to Protect Bombardier Jobs Says GMB

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The Government needs to use whatever influence it believes it has to get Boeing to back off immediately.

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GMB Warns Of Bombardier Crisis

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Theresa May went running to Northern Ireland and the DUP when her job security was threatened - workers in Northern Ireland now look to the Prime Minister to protect theirs

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GMB On Job Losses At Bombardier

Friday, October 21, 2016

GMB Comments On Announcement Of 7,500 Job Losses At Bombardier

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