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Bombardier announces 5,000 roles to be cut

BOMBARDIER announced plans yesterday to axe 5,000 jobs worldwide, raising fears for the future of its 1,600 workers in Derby.

The Canadian aerospace and transport equipment transnational aims to save £146 million through restructuring.

Its failure to specify which operations would be affected angered unions.

In Northern Ireland, where Bombardier employs around 4,000 people in Belfast — a quarter of them working on the Airbus A220 (C-Series) line — GMB regional organiser Michael Mulholland said his union “demands answers” from the company.

“They have already suffered months of uncertainty following Trump’s tariffs. Now they are under the cosh again,” he said, vowing that the GMB would “fight tooth and nail” for its members’ jobs.

A company spokeswoman said: “We will take the necessary time to evaluate what this means for our aerostructures and engineering services business. We will communicate with our employees in more detail over the coming weeks.”

Around 1,000 jobs were lost at the Belfast plant in 2016 as part of a previous global restructuring operation and another 375 redundancies were announced last year.

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