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US Bombardier dispute: 'Huge relief' for British workers

US Bombardier dispute: 'Huge relief' for British workers
From BBC - January 26, 2018

Politicians and union leaders have welcomed a ruling which stops the US imposing huge 292% import tariffs on planes partly made by British workers.

Over a thousand jobs in Belfast depend on the success of the C-Series passenger jet, which is manufactured by Canadian aerospace firm Bombardier.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May said it was "good news" for UK industry.

Trade union Unite said workers in Northern Ireland "will be breathing a huge sigh of relief".

Bombardier had been widely expected to fail in its bid to overturn a ruling by the US Commerce Department in December that the UK and Canada had given it unfair subsidies.

But the case, centred on a complaint by US rival Boeing, was dismissed by the US International Trade Commission (ITC).

Mrs May welcomed the decision, saying: "Bombardier and its innovative workforce play a vital role in the Northern Ireland economy."

Gavin Robinson, Democratic Unionist Party MP for East Belfast, said it had been a "very difficult time" for the firm's 4,000 workers in Northern Ireland who had "faced an uncertain future".

He added: "Bombardier's greatest strength here in Belfast is the quality of those workers and the product they deliver."

Steve Turner, Unite assistant general secretary, said Bombardier workers "will be breathing a huge sigh of relief that the International Trade Commission has seen through Boeing's baseless complaint".

The ITC voted 4-0 in favour of Bombardier, ruling that there was no injury to US manufacturers.

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