Bombardier slash nearly 500 jobs in N Ireland before Christmas

Bombardier has announced it is to slash 490 jobs from its operations in Belfast, Northern Ireland weeks before Christmas. The manufacturer employs around 4,000 people in the country.

Earlier this week, the Canadian-based aircraft manufacturer stated it will be cutting jobs after reviewing its ‘manpower requirements’ in the region. It states it regrets that it will be cutting the jobs.

Unite, the trade union, stated that the job losses are a ‘bombshell’ and cannot be justified in the face of the company’s rising profits, which have recently rose as high as 57pc.

Bombardier, which manufactures commercial and business jets, acknowledged that the job losses would have an impact of the workforce laid off and their families but it needed to cut costs and increase efficiency of its operations.