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Workers unveil 'Back Bombardier' banner outside Parliament

A "BACK BOMBARDIER" banner was unfurled outside Parliament by workers yesterday demanding the government take urgent action to secure their jobs.

More than 4,000 jobs at the plant in British-occupied Belfast are on the line after the US slapped an 80 per cent import tax on the Canadian plane manufacturer — on top of an existing 220 per cent tariff.

US rival Boeing had accused Bombardier of dumping its C Series jets at “absurdly low” prices.

Business Secretary Greg Clark has told MPs the complaint brought by Boeing is completely unjustified and that the government will do everything it can to see the issue resolved.

And Prime Minister Theresa May called US President Donald Trump on Tuesday night to stress the “importance of the jobs provided by the Bombardier factory to the people and economy of Northern Ireland.”

But Unite assistant general secretary Steve Turner said that phone calls were not enough, pointing out that the Ministry of Defence has £4.6 billion worth of contracts with Boeing.

He said: “The British government has a duty to defend UK manufacturing jobs against the bullying behaviour of Boeing.

“Ministers should leave Boeing in no doubt that a failure to do so will lead to sanctions on current and future work on behalf of the UK government.”

Unite wants Ms May to summon Boeing to a summit with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and workforce representatives.

John Clarke, who travelled from the Belfast plant for the protest and lobby, said: “People are worried about the future and everyone feels uncomfortable about what might happen.

“We are here to raise awareness of the situation and stress to MPs and the government the urgency of the situation.”


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