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Bombardier and the impact of potential US tariffs examined

22 November 2017

The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee hears from four Unite the Union officials: Jimmy Kelly, Irish Regional Secretary, Susan Fitzgerald, Regional Industrial Officer, George Burnside and Noel Gibson, Senior Lay Representatives.

Witnesses

Wednesday 22 November in the Grimond Room, Portcullis House

At 9.30am

  • Jimmy Kelly, Irish Regional Secretary, Unite the Union
  • Susan Fitzgerald, Regional Industrial Officer, Unite the Union
  • George Burnside, Senior Lay Representative, Unite the Union
  • Noel Gibson, Senior Lay Representative, Unite the Union

Tariffs on Bombardier jets

Bombardier is the largest manufacturing employer in Northern Ireland, but has suffered a series of job losses since 2015. In September 2017, the US Department of Commerce announced its intention to impose 220% tariffs on Bombardier jets, with a further 80% tariff announced in October. A final decision is expected in February 2018.

While news that Airbus had bought a controlling stake in the C-Series programme offered some hope that tariffs would not be enacted, Bombardier has since announced the loss of a further 280 jobs.

The inquiry

The opening session of the inquiry will investigate the impact of such sustained uncertainty on workers at Bombardier plants and in the wider manufacturing sector in Northern Ireland. It will also assess how well workers have been able to find new employment after being made redundant, in particular how many have remained in manufacturing.

The inquiry will examine the security of jobs at Bombardier, and other firms further down the supply chain, should tariffs be imposed. It will assess the UK Government’s role and how it can influence future developments given the involvement of three multi-national aerospace manufacturers and three other national governments.

Further information

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