Canadian plane and train maker Bombardier is to cut 7,000 jobs worldwide over the next two years, including 1,350 in the UK.
Most of the UK job losses will be at the group’s Belfast business, one of the province’s biggest single employers, where 580 reductions are planned for this year and another 500 next year, the company said.
Another 270 jobs will go at the group’s rail transport operation across the UK, including Derby, Bombardier’s main site. Most of those affected are contractors, with fewer than 50 permanent workers affected in the UK.
The bulk of the job losses will be in Germany and Canada.
Bombardier said: “We deeply regret the impact this will have on our workforce and their families, but it is crucial that we right-size our business in line with market realities.”
It is the second wave of cutbacks, after Bombardier axed 1,750 posts in Canada and Northern Ireland last year. It has blamed a fall in demand for business jets.
The company, which was bailed out by the Quebec regional government last year, has been struggling to sell its long-delayed CSeries passenger jets. The wings and many of the fuselages are made in Northern Ireland.
This article was written by Julia Kollewe, for theguardian.com on Wednesday 17th February 2016 12.07 Europe/Londonguardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010