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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.

GMB, the union for Bombardier workers, says the Government must go beyond ‘fluffy words’ to protect the livelihoods of Bombardier workers.

Business Secretary Greg Clarke today claimed in the House of Commons the Government had been working tirelessly to find a resolution to the dispute, before citing how the UK and Canada were involved. 

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 tonight.

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 U.S.

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.

Ross Murdoch, GMB National Officer, said:

“The Government needs to go beyond fluffy words about everyone uniting and telephone calls from Theresa May to Donald Trump.

“On the basis the US President has refused to intervene, perhaps the relationship is not so special after all.

“The priority here must be about giving reassurances and certainty to Bombardier workers now.

"The Government needs to use whatever influence it believes it has to get Boeing to back off immediately. Bombardier employees shouldn't be left in limbo until an International Trade Commission hearing, which most likely won’t be heard until February."

ENDS

Contact: GMB press office on 07958 156846 or at press.office@gmb.org.uk

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