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‘Jobs and workers must be protected in Bombardier sale’ - Kearney

29 May, 2019 - by Declan Kearney

The planned sale of Bombardier’s Belfast plant must only be completed as a ‘going concern’ in order to protect jobs and worker’s entitlements, Sinn Féin MLA Declan Kearney has said.

The party’s spokesperson on Employment and Workers Rights was commenting after a Sinn Féin delegation led by Michelle O’Neill met union and management officials at Bombardier today.

Declan Kearney said:

“Today we met with Unite the Union officials with responsibility for representing the interests of Bombardier workers, and clearly there are very serious concerns about Bombardier’s intention to sell the plant.

“Unite impressed upon us its objective to see the local operation sold as a going concern, maintaining the existing work force and all component parts of the local company. Sinn Féin absolutely supports that position as the best way of ensuring existing jobs, skills, workers' terms and conditions, and the regional manufacturing sector are protected.

“We then met Bombardier Chief Executive Michael Ryan and strongly represented the view that the company’s priority now must be to ensure the plant is sold as a going concern.

“We also stressed the importance of maintaining maximum levels of communication with public representatives, trade unions and the workforce to help ensure that a suitable buyer can be found who recognises the expertise and skills set of the local Bombardier workforce, by committing to maintain jobs, all remaining elements based in the local Bombardier base, and the terms and conditions of the workforce, including pay and pension rights.”

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