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Minister meets union over Bombardier job cuts

Economy Minister Simon Hamilton has held a “constructive” meeting with members of the union Unite over news of job cuts at Bombardier.

The aerospace manufacturer is planning to shed 7,500 posts across its global workforce, reducing it by 10%.

While the impact on staff in Belfast is not yet clear, the minister said: “I stand ready with Unite to do anything that I can to safeguard jobs here”.

Mr Hamilton added: “I will continue to take every opportunity available to me to highlight to senior decision makers in the company the strength of Bombardier's Northern Ireland operations and the skills of the local workforce."

Bombardier employees face further uncertainty

Employees at Bombardier in Belfast face further uncertainty after it was reported the company would cut a further 7,500 jobs, or 10% of their global workforce.

Business publication Bloomberg reported that the Canadian aerospace firm were "accelerating a restructuring plan" after taking on billions of dollars of business debt as they developed their new C-Series jetliner.

The company released a statement saying it would be "evaluating the impact" of the news and would "communicate with our employees when that is completed".

In February, the company announced it would be shedding over 1,000 jobs in a two-year period.

They later brought forward 95 redundancies at its Belfast site, which had been planned for 2017.

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Davy Thompson from the union Unite said: "We are deeply concerned that these job losses could affect the Belfast workforce as it is involved in every Bombardier line of production.

"The job losses amount to one-in-ten of their global workforce, but there is no further information about what this will mean for Belfast."

He added: “Our members can be assured that Unite will work over the coming period to minimise any potential job-losses here and, if necessary, we will strive to deliver the best possible outcome for those affected.

"We can only hope that today’s announcement will mean the company is better positioned to achieve long-term growth and safeguard future employment."


Farmers ‘will be ruined’ if land floods again

Farmers near Lough Neagh have told UTV they will be ruined if this winter brings a repeat of the flooding from the beginning of the year.

In January, hundreds of acres were submerged and Stormont ordered a review - which is due in the coming weeks.

But farmers are worried that any measures which may be recommended will not be put in place in time to save their farms.

Our correspondent Jane Lougrhey reports.

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