January 10th: The UK and Ireland’s largest union, Unite warned the UK government that it was ‘raising the white flag’ without a fight to save Bombardier jobs today (Wednesday 10 January) as it said it was demanding an urgent meeting with the new secretary of state for Northern Ireland, Karen Bradley.
The warning came as Richard Harrington, a minister at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, told MPs on the Northern Ireland Affairs committee that the government expected Bombardier to lose a US trade case against Boeing over its C Series passenger jet.
The US International Trade Commission is due to make a final decision this month on whether to slap tariffs of 300 per cent on C Series jets, as recommended by the US Commerce Department in December last year.
Unite has written to the new secretary of state for Northern Ireland, Karen Bradley and the leaders of Northern Ireland’s two main political parties seeking urgent meetings and demanding that they turn rhetoric into tough action to save jobs at the Belfast plane maker.
Unite assistant general secretary Steve Turner, who has responsibility for members in the aerospace sector said: “Comments by UK ministers that they expect Bombardier to lose the US trade case with Boeing are a disgrace and amount to them raising the white flag on UK jobs without a fight.
“A phone call to Donald Trump is all well and good, but where is the follow through on Theresa May’s tough words about Boeing and the tough action needed to secure Northern Ireland jobs? Continue reading