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Livelihoods of Bombardier workers the priority going forward – O’Neill

27 September, 2017 - by Michelle O'Neill

Speaking following the announcement from the US Department of Commerce that Bombardier will be issued with huge interim tariffs the Sinn Féin Leader in the North Michelle O’Neill said the priority going forward must be the ‘livelihoods of local workers’.

Michelle O’Neill said: 

“The Department of Commerce ruling is a blow to the many families and workers who face a very uncertain future and difficult times ahead.

“I have been working tirelessly raising this issue with US officials in order to safeguard the welfare of workers.

“I have written to the US Vice President and also briefed the Chairman of the US Congressional Friends of Ireland committee, Ritchie Neal on the damage this dispute will have on thousands of families across the north. 

“We have also briefed the Office of the New York State Comptroller, as a significant shareholder in the Boeing company to ensure our concerns are understood by the company.

“A resolution is still possible and I will continue to engage with union leaders, and the Irish and British governments to prioritise the livelihoods of the workers affected by this dispute and secure jobs in Belfast."

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