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Vital that Bombardier is sold as a going concern – O’Neill

7 June, 2019 - by Michelle O'Neill

Sinn Féin Leas Uachtarán Michelle O'Neill has written to Alain Bellemare, President and Chief Executive of Bombardier, that it is vital for the north’s economic stability and future that the Belfast-based operation is sold as a going concern. Michelle O’Neill also said the workforce should be integral to the current sales process.

Michelle O’Neill said:

“Following Bombardier’s announcement to sell its Belfast based operation I, along with our Workers’ Rights spokesperson Declan Kearney MLA, met with Michael Ryan. 

“This followed a meeting with Regional Officers from Unite the Union and shop floor representatives of the remaining Bombardier workforce. 

“They are seriously concerned about the impact of the sale on the workforce. It is vital to the north’s economic stability and future outlook that the operation is sold as a going concern. 

“This would go some way to alleviating the workforce’s concerns that the operation will be sold to companies whose focus would be to asset strip the company, with no regard for the world-class skills base of the workers and the inevitable knock-on repercussions for the local economy. 

“The workforce and their union are concerned about the future employment prospects, terms and conditions of all those currently employed by Bombardier.

“This raises the requirement to find the right buyer; and one with a background in manufacturing and who will make the required long-term investment in the workforce and its skill set.

“I have called on Bombardier to make the workforce’s representatives integral to the current sales process and well in advance of deselection.

“Good communication is essential at all stages between Bombardier management and leadership and representatives of the workforce. 

“Sinn Féin wants the best sales package secured for the entire Bombardier operation and workforce as a going concern.”

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