Us decision to “relief” for the workers of Bombardier

Politicians and union leaders have welcomed a judgment that stops the US imposing huge 292% of import tariffs on aircraft, in part, made by British workers.

More than a thousand jobs in Belfast depend on the success of the C-Series passenger jet, which is manufactured by Canadian aerospace firm Bombardier.

The BRITISH Prime Minister, Theresa may, has said that it was a “good news” for the industry of the united KINGDOM.

Unite union said workers in Northern Ireland “will be breathing a big sigh of relief”.

Bombardier had been widely expected to fail in its attempt to overturn a decision of the U.S. Department of Commerce in December that the united KINGDOM and Canada have been given unfair subsidies.

But the case centred on a complaint by US rival, Boeing, has been rejected by the US International Trade Commission (ITC).

Ms. may has welcomed the decision, saying: “Bombardier and its innovative approach to workforce play a vital role in the Northern Ireland economy.”

Gavin Robinson, the Democratic Unionist Party MP for East Belfast, said he had been “very difficult” for the firm of 4 000 workers in Northern Ireland, who had “the face of an uncertain future.”

He added: “the Bombardier of the greatest strength here in Belfast, it is the quality of these workers, and the product they offer.”
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Steve Turner, Unite assistant general secretary, said Bombardier workers will be breathing a huge sigh of relief that the International Trade Commission has seen through Boeing complaint without foundation”.

The ITC has voted 4-0 in favor of Bombardier, finding that there was no injury to the US manufacturers.

The rates of 292% will not now be imposed on orders of the C-Series aircraft by the american companies.

About 50 companies in the UK supply Bombardier with parts for the C-Series.

The wings of the plane are made by 1 000 workers in Belfast.

The BBC business correspondent Theo Leggett said the move came as “a surprise” that “most analysts thought the odds were stacked against Bombardier”.

“This is good news for the workers at Bombardier’s Belfast plant, where the parts of the C Series are made, but it is also good news for Airbus, which benefited from Bombardier struggles to take a majority stake in the C-Series.”

A spokesman for Bombardier, said the ITC ruling was “a victory for innovation, competition and the rule of law.”

“Its development and production represent thousands of jobs in the united States, Canada and the united Kingdom.”


A spokesman for Boeing said it was “disappointed” by the decision of the ITC, and that it would “examine in detail the findings when they are released”.

But the Business Secretary Greg Clark, said: “The decision by the International Trade Commission confirms what the UK and Canadian governments are working hand in hand, has maintained from the outset, that this case is not unwarranted. We are pleased that the ITC has now recognized.”

It was “excellent news for the team working in the North of Ireland and of the supply chain across the UK, who have a great future in front of him,” he added.

Sinn Féin north of the head of Michelle O’neill has said the ruling was “a significant victory” for the Belfast labour and it hoped that “the matter is now closed”.