Aerospace company Bombardier has confirmed that it is halting production at its Northern Ireland sites until 20 April due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The Canadian multinational manufacturer has also shut down sites in Quebec and Ontario.
A company statement said: “In the current unprecedented circumstances, we want to make the best decisions possible for our people, our communities, the wider Northern Ireland society, and the sustainability of our business.
“These measures will help us maintain as many people as possible in full-time employment.”
According to Bombardier, critical support will be required to continue and some employees will be required to working during the furlough.
The company says working from home opportunities will be maximised and the safest working practices adhered to.
The four-week shutdown applies to all other employees, consisting of a furlough of almost three weeks within the Government’s Job Retention Scheme guidelines and five days’ holiday at Easter on full pay.
The Bombardier statement added: “We look forward to being fully operational again shortly to ensure the continued success of our business in Northern Ireland.”
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