We are going to assess the situation and do everything we can to limit the number of layoffs

 

 

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The International Association of Machinists (IAMAW) is concerned by the announced layoffs
Montréal, QC – The Machinists Union read over Bombardier’s financial statements with mixed emotions. Whereas Air Canada has committed to purchasing up to 75 CS300 jets as part of a deal that could total $6.4 billion, Bombardier is undertaking a workforce optimization process that could globally lead to approximately 7,000 layoffs over the next two years.
“We are going to assess the situation and do everything we can to limit the number of layoffs. Keep in mind that Bombardier explained that these upcoming layoffs would be partially offset by new hiring in growth sectors. We are therefore going to focus our work on obtaining relocation opportunities or training programs for the affected workers, the ultimate goal being to enable them to find new work as quickly as possible. We are currently examining all of our options,” explains Yvon Paiement, President of IAMAW Local Union 712.
An order that could not have arrived at a better time
In its letter of intent, Air Canada confirms a firm order of 45 CSeries 300 135-seat commercial airliners with the option of purchasing 30 additional units. It’s great news for both Bombardier and the workers.
“This is far from representing preferential treatment between a Canadian carrier (Air Canada) and a Canadian manufacturer (Bombardier). This order demonstrates the CSeries’ competitive advantage in terms of quality. It is thanks to the hard work of our numerous members in Québec that this airliner today represents the future of commercial aviation. Looking to the future, it would be logical that these same workers benefit from the CSeries’ positive spinoffs through job maintenance and creation measures at Bombardier’s Québec-based facilities, and our organization intends to work towards this,” contends David Chartrand, Québec Coordinator of the IAMAW.