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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.

GMB members working for Bombardier in Northern Ireland will today meet Owen Smith to ask for more action to safeguard their jobs.

A delegation of GMB reps will lobby the Shadow Northern Ireland Secretary on behalf of members employed by Bombardier in the Belfast sites.

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.

Bombardier 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.

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

Michael Mulholland, GMB Regional Organiser, said:

“Our members are concerned about the sustained attack on the Bombardier by Boeing and how this could affect their future employment.

“GMB’s delegation will speak directly to Mr Smith about what action has taken place since the Leaders’ speech at Labour conference and what has happened at party level to lobby both the Conservative Government and the Trump Administration.

“Members are also keen to know what plans Labour has to apply political leverage on Boeing and what has been done about this to date.

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

"The Conservative Government have failed to offer any leadership on this issue and Brexit as a whole - Theresa May should step up to the challenge and give Bombardier workers the reassurances they deserve."


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

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