Thursday, 12 December 2019

Relief for UK workers after Bombardier trade dispute victory


LONDON: British politicians and union leaders hailed Bombardier’s surprise trade victory against U.S. planemaker Boeing Co, saying it had safeguarded thousands of jobs in Northern Ireland and across UK supply chains.

Friday’s ruling by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) was also a boost for British Prime Minister Theresa May, as the Bombardier operation in Northern Ireland is central to the concerns of the province’s largest unionist party, the Democratic Unionist Party, which is propping up her government after a poor showing in last June’s election.

The dispute between the two companies had put thousands of jobs at risk at the Belfast plant where Bombardier makes the CSeries CS100 and CS300 carbon wings.

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