Relief for UK staff after Bombardier commerce dispute victory

LONDON (Reuters) – British politicians and union leaders welcomed Bombardier’s shock commerce victory towards U.S. planemaker Boeing Co, saying it safeguarded hundreds of jobs in Northern Ireland and throughout British provide chains.

Friday’s ruling by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) was additionally a lift for British Prime Minister Theresa May, because the Bombardier operation in Northern Ireland is central to the considerations of the province’s largest unionist celebration, the Democratic Unionist Party, which is propping up her government after her poor exhibiting in final June’s election.

The dispute between the 2 firms had put hundreds of jobs in danger on the Belfast plant the place Bombardier makes the carbon wings for the CSeries CS100 and CS300.

“It’s a huge relief, we always knew that (the case) was unjustified,” Britain’s business minister Greg Clark informed BBC radio on Saturday.

“Not only does it mean this worry is out of the way, it means (Bombardier) can now go on with strength to expand because the CSeries has just tied up with Airbus,” he mentioned.

On Friday, the U.S. ITC voted Four-Zero to reject Boeing’s claims that it suffered damage by Bombardier underpricing the CSeries within the U.S. market and discarded a Commerce Department suggestion to slap a close to 300-percent obligation on gross sales of the 110-to-130-seat jets for 5 years.

“Boeing has investments in the UK and it was clear that it would have been very difficult to have a good relationship with them if they were threatening these hugely important jobs in Belfast,” mentioned Clark.

On Friday, May welcomed the ruling as “good news for British industry.”

The European Commission mentioned the ruling was in step with what the EU had been arguing all through the case and mentioned it was an enormous aid for Bombardier’s Four,000 staff in Northern Ireland and for the European aerospace trade as a complete.

“The EU will always stand up and defend the interests of its industry when confronted by inappropriate use of trade defence instruments,” a Commission spokesman mentioned.

Democratic Unionist Party member of parliament Gavin Robinson mentioned the ruling was “fantastic news”. His East Belfast constituency features a Bombardier plant that produces wings for the CSeries.

Trade unions had been equally jubilant.

“Bombardier workers in Northern Ireland and throughout the supply chain in the UK will be breathing a huge sigh of relief that the ITC has seen through Boeing’s baseless complaint,” mentioned Steve Turner, assistant basic secretary of the Unite union.

“There can be no backsliding from the U.S. government on this decision.”

Reporting by James Davey and Conor Humphries, extra reporting by Philip Blenkinsop in Brussels and Amanda Ferguson in Belfast; Editing by Mark Potter and Edmund Blair

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