The Bombardier announced to sell Belfast and Morocco aerostructures businesses and merged its commercial and business aircraft units into a single division called Bombardier Aviation.
The Canadian plane maker employs 3600 people across its units in several locations in Northern Ireland, is the Northern Ireland’s largest employer.
Bombardier retain Montréal, Mexico and a newly acquired Global 7500 wing operations in Texas, and operate as one Business unit.
With regards to Belfast unit, Bombardier said “There are no new workforce announcements as a result of this decision”….”But our management team will continue to drive ongoing transformation initiatives to improve productivity and increase our competitiveness, to give more weight to our unique value proposition to potential buyers.”
Susan Fitzgerald, the regional co-ordinating officer with Unite trade union, said that “The sale causes significant uncertainty for workers and members,”
Stephen Kelly of Manufacturing NI warns that the sale will have a direct impact on 12,000 jobs in the Northern Ireland economy, “It’s deeply worrying for the suppliers… and it is deeply worrying for the workers,” said Mr Kelly to BBC.