Bombardier has introduced that 490 jobs will go in Belfast as a part of efforts to chop prices and focus funding worldwide.

The Canadian-based producer had signalled earlier this month that UK jobs have been in danger subsequent yr because it deliberate to chop 5,000 positions worldwide – principally in Canada.

It represents an additional blow to its aerospace operation in Belfast, which makes the wings for its C-Sequence passenger jet, following cuts simply over a yr in the past.

It at the moment employs 4,000 folks within the metropolis.

Bombardier main entrance in Derby


Bombardier additionally employs workers at its rail engineering enterprise in Derby who’re unaffected by the cuts

The corporate stated: “Following the worldwide workforce changes introduced by Bombardier on November 8 2018, we have now reviewed our manpower necessities in Belfast and remorse to verify that we should cut back our workforce throughout the corporate by 490 staff.

“We acknowledge the affect this can have on our workforce and their households and we proceed to discover alternatives to assist mitigate the variety of obligatory redundancies.

“Nevertheless, we have to proceed to chop prices and enhance the effectivity of our operations to assist guarantee our long-term competitiveness.”

The Unite union had beforehand described the specter of additional cuts at Bombardier’s 5 websites in Northern Eire’s capital and its wider job loss plans as “brutal”.

Jackie Pollock, Unite union regional secretary for Eire, stated on Wednesday: “Though these jobs is not going to go till February or March, this announcement is a merciless blow for the Bombardier workforce within the mouth of Christmas.

“Unite has feared for a while that Bombardier could be bringing ahead large-scale redundancies, however this information exceeds our worst fears.”

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