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(en) Resistance #23 of AF (Ireland) - Bombardier bombs workers

From Al S <klasbatalemo@yahoo.ie>
Date Sun, 25 May 2003 11:20:01 +0200 (CEST)

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More job losses at Bombardier. After downsizing 3000
workers onto the scrapheap in March, it predicted
further cutbacks on expendable labour in April when
revealing losses of £280m and a radical “action plan”
to raise money and re-shape the company. Well, as
long as the company is alright!

This month though it won itself an order worth £5
billion for up to 255 regional jets from U.S airways.
The planes arrive in June. Great news, eh?!
Well, not quite. Michael Ryan, general manager of
Bombardier Aerospace in Belfast, said:

“While the news is welcome it will not result in
additional jobs. It will help sustain current
production rates, making the remaining jobs more
secure, provided we can improve our competitiveness.”

So, no more jobs, and the jobs that remain are on
shaky ground. After all, it all depends on how well
Bombardier competes on the capitalist market, the
vagaries of which no one understands, never mind
predict. And if profits do start rolling in, a nice
wee war will always hide the fact they’re not!
A time for the unions to save the day, exercise a bit
of industrial muscle?

Again, not quite. Instead Amicus union elite are
meeting bosses to hammer out a package of ‘cost
savings’ which the workforce can then put to a
ballot...and so thanks to Amicus, workers who have
lost their jobs, or will probably lose their jobs some
time soon, have been negotiated out of the equation.


>From the pages of Resistance, regular monthly bulletin
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