Bombardier, set to start another round of substantial layoffs following 7000 redundancies

Giant manufacturer Bombardier, has announced a massive layoff for the second time this year, dropping another 7,500 jobs.

According to reports close to about 65% of the layoffs will be made in the rail division, Bombardier Transportation, with the rest in the aerospace division. This will prompt a reform duty of $225-$275m in the last quarter of this year and even through 2017.

According to the giant firm it has too many sites manufacturing similar parts.

Canadian plane and train maker said it would make more efficient firms administrative and non-production operations and reorganize its design, engineering and manufacturing activities by creating new “centres of excellence”.

Mr Bellemare said: “We understand these are difficult decisions… but in the end, what we are going to be left with is a leaner, stronger organization.”

The airplane-maker has a big presence in Northern Ireland, provide work for 6,000 people and is accountable for 10% of Northern Irish manufacturing exports. It extensively produces major aircraft structures including fuselages and wings in Northern Ireland.

Bombardier Belfast said it was not yet clear how the new round of cuts would affect it: “We will be evaluating the impact on our Belfast operations and will communicate with our employees when that is completed. We are not in a position to elaborate further at this time.”

Previously in February, Bombardier announced to lay off almost 7,000 jobs. Close to half of these cuts are being made in its rail division, which has a massive workforce in Europe.

The current job cuts will comprise 2,000 workers in Canada, and among these 2000, 1,500 of them in Quebec. However, chief executive Alain Bellemare said he was taking this action “because we want to save jobs in Canada”.

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