Bombardier refuse to rule out UK staff cut as company restructure could leave almost 5,000 people jobless
Bombardier has refused to rule out job cuts in the UK as the aerospace firm announced plans to axe 5,000 roles.
The Canadian company is restructuring globally to save £146million and has not said where jobs will go.
Around 4,000 people work at Bombardier’s Belfast operation, with a quarter of those working on the Airbus A220 (C-Series) line.
Bombardier is planning to cut around 5,000 jobs worldwide and refused to rule out some of these vacancies will be made within the UK
On the site’s future, it said: ‘We will communicate with our employees in more detail over the coming weeks.’
The cuts will be made in the next 12 to 18 months and Bombardier will also sell assets worth about £525million, including the Q-Series aircraft programme and the De Havilland trademark.
Around 1,000 jobs were lost in the Belfast plant in 2016 and 375 last year.
Chief executive Alain Bellemare said: ‘We have set in motion the next round of actions necessary to unleash the full potential of the Bombardier portfolio.’