The UK government must step up pressure on Boeing to ensure the withdrawal of ‘crushing’ tariffs on Bombardier’s C-series passenger jet Britain’s largest union, Unite said today (Tuesday 17 October), as it warned there could be no room for complacency following news that Airbus was taking a majority share in the C-series aircraft.
Following urgent conversations with Airbus and Bombardier this morning, Unite said there was still a lot of work to be done before it could be 100 per cent satisfied that Northern Ireland Bombardier jobs are secure.
Commenting Unite assistant general secretary with responsibility for aerospace Steve Turner said: “This news gives us cause to have some hope, but we are far from out of the woods and there is still much work to do to secure Bombardier jobs in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.
“The deal could take a year or so to get through the relevant competition authorities while Boeing in the US is unlikely to sit idly by. During this period there is a danger that tariffs will be imposed and the C-series will be effectively locked out of aviation’s largest market.
“Until the tariffs and Boeing’s complaint against Bombardier are dropped then the very real and present danger to UK jobs remains. UK ministers cannot think their job is done. They must use every lever at their disposal to ensure Boeing drops its complaint.
“This includes using the European Commission, a route that saw similar bullying tactics from Boeing successfully stopped over a decade ago. The public will be horrified if the UK government fails to pursue this route and utilise all the leverage at its disposal to protect UK jobs.
“While this is UK aerospace today, any sector of our economy could be threatened in the future. The UK government needs to stand up against corporate bullying backed by the US protectionist regime under the Trump administration.
“Unite will continue to work with all parties who have a role in saving these jobs including the UK and Canadian governments, Bombardier, Airbus and Boeing. We will not rest until we are 100 per cent certain that these Bombardier jobs are secure.”
For further information please contact the Unite press office on 020 3371 2065 or Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869.
Notes to editors:
- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.