Bombardier, Belfast Plant : The roof takes up an area of five hectares – the equivalent of six football pitches
Bombardier has announced that it’s going to lay off 280 employees at its Belfast plant in Northern Ireland. This decision is in compliance with the laying off programme of the parent company which has proposed a layoff of 7500 of its employees worldwide.
The firm was at stake when it had a dispute with Boeing which resulted in an imposition of 300% tariff for its product CSeries to be sold in USA. However, the entry of Airbus in buying a major stake of Bombardier was a saving grace but it puzzles the Belfast employees as to how it could turn to be an adversity. The union wonders that the announcement of reductions come just 11 months after David Cameron opened a wing-making facility in Belfast for the Bombardier, Canadian-owned firm.
Over the past four years, Bombardier has increased its total Northern Ireland workforce by more than 1,200, primarily through temporary contract jobs, a spokeswoman said. Bombardier is one of Northern Ireland’s biggest employers, hiring about 5,000 permanent employees and approximately 1,000 temporary and contract staff work at the east Belfast base.