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Published on June 11th, 2020 | by Alan Dwyer

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Bombardier to Reduce Belfast Staff by up to 600

Bombardier have announced that it will reduce staff at their Belfast manufacturing plant by 400 due “extraordinary industry interruptions and challenges” brought on from the effects of the Coronavirus. The company had previously announced that around 2,500 redundancies from its worldwide operations last week. Bombardier had around 3,600 staff across a number of factories in the greater Belfast area. It is also expected to cut up to a further 200 workers from its agency and contract staff.

A spokesperson for Bombardier has said “We deeply regret the impact this will have on our workforce and their families, but it is crucial that we resize our business in line with market realities in these unprecedented circumstances.” Bombardier’s factories were wound down at the peak of the pandemic and currently about half the staff have returned to work. One of the company’s factories suffered a major fire when they reopened last month. The company has now entered a 90-day redundancy negotiations plan with the UK’s Department of the Economy and as this progresses it will organise help to those who are impacted both in terms of any other employment opportunities by retraining and up-skilling.

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