02 May 2019
DUP representatives Gavin Robinson and Arlene Foster have commented on the announcement of Bombardier’s intention to sell its aerostructures operation which includes their Belfast plant.
East Belfast MP Gavin Robinson said,
“I have spoken to both the company and trade unions this morning and that will continue as any further details become available.
Following Bombardier’s partnership with Airbus there has been an upturn in orders for the A220 planes.. That synergy with Airbus links to the plant in Morocco which Bombardier have also announced is to be sold.
This is clearly a very significant announcement by the company and will obviously be unsettling for staff. That plant, and the skilled staff working there have been absolutely integral to the A220 programme and the specialised nature of operations there should be attractive to potential buyers. I hope the company will quickly move to confirm that if a purchaser is not found, the site will be protected in any event.
Through the APPG on Aviation and Defence Select Committee I engage regularly with the aviation industry and will press those contacts in the days ahead.”
DUP Leader Arlene Foster said,
“Bombardier is an integral part of the Northern Ireland economy, with the skills of the local workforce having been recognised throughout the company. The partnership with Airbus represented a fresh opportunity for Bombardier and there have been a number of significant orders received since that announcement.
The company themselves have recognised the significant increase in work, but the announcement of an intention to sell will be unsettling for the staff. I have spoken today with Michael Ryan from Bombardier. It is welcome that there have been no workforce implications in relation to this announcement and both staff and the company can be assured of any support locally or in London which might assist them at this time.”