Unite warns depressed state of private and regional aircraft market still poses a threat to Belfast employment
April 28th: Davy Thompson, Unite Regional Coordinating Officer responsible for Bombardier-Shorts workforce, expressed his union’s hopes that a major order from Delta Airlines for CSeries planes could mean a downward revision of plans for five hundred redundancies in Belfast in 2017:
“The last few months have been very challenging for the workforce with a series of lay-off announcements affecting both agency and core workforces, as well as unprecedented changes to the company’s longstanding apprentice employment scheme.
“While the company’s difficulties are not exclusively caused by the overrun in development costs and delay in orders for the CSeries, the scale of this project is so great that the company’s future is dependent on its success in securing large-scale orders.
“We hope that today’s good news will be followed up by further orders from other airlines. The CSeries has a huge advantage in terms of fuel efficiency and this contract offers encouragement that other airlines will follow suit.
“While we are hopeful this order – worth $5.6 billion for seventy-five planes and including the option for a further fifty – may allow management to reconsider plans to lay-off a further five hundred workers in Belfast in 2017; we recognise that the company continues to face very challenging conditions due to the depressed private and regional aircraft market and that CSeries represents only a small proportion of the work conducted in Belfast.
“Unite will continue to engage constructively with management to secure our members’ jobs, pay and conditions”, Mr Thompson concluded.