Boe­ing ‘un­jus­ti­fied’ in Bom­bardier row

The Malta Business Weekly - - FRONT PAGE -

The North­ern Ire­land Sec­re­tary has said that the ac­tion taken by Boe­ing in a trade dis­pute with Bom­bardier is "un­jus­ti­fied and un­war­ranted".

James Bro­ken­shire was speak­ing at the Con­ser­va­tive Party Con­fer­ence in Manchester.

Jobs in Belfast could be at risk after the US opted to im­pose a 220% im­port tar­iff on Bom­bardier's C-Se­ries jet.

Mr Bro­ken­shire said he was "deeply dis­ap­pointed" by the de­ter­mi­na­tion.

He added: "I say to Boe­ing this case is un­jus­ti­fied and un­war­ranted. This ac­tion is not what is ex­pected of a long-term part­ner to the UK."

He urged Boe­ing to "get round the ta­ble and se­cure a ne­go­ti­ated out­come to this dis­pute quickly".

Bom­bardier em­ploys about 4,000 peo­ple in North­ern Ire­land. About 1,000 are linked to the C-Se­ries, the wings of which are made at a pur­pose-built fac­tory in Belfast.

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