Canada's Bombardier lays off 550 workers

Galtero Lara
Julio 12, 2019

It said no US work is now being done in Thunder Bay.

Members of Unifor local 1075, which represents the bulk of the plant's workforce, have been bracing for bad news because orders for Toronto Transit Commission streetcars and Metrolinx Go Transit rail cars are scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.

Reports say transportation giant Bombardier will be laying off 550 workers at its Thunder Bay plant. "Nevertheless the facet is, it doesn't test adore issues are going to jog attend up", he talked about in an interview.

"This day's announcement is now not an straightforward one, alternatively, we remain hopeful that we are in a position to safe unique work to make certain the commercial viability of the important presence of a northern manufacturing plant".

He said the province has met with Bombardier and offered to purchase $100 million of vehicles, but Hajdu "has been missing in action, not engaging with her provincial counterparts, and instead blaming everyone but herself and the federal government". "They've done absolutely nothing to support these people in Thunder Bay".

Ontario's Minister of Transportation, Caroline Mulroney, responded to the news in a statement. "Therefore, we can not fully leverage our Canadian manufacturing footprint and expertise", Bombardier said in a statement.

In a statement, Hajdu said her government has made historic investments in public transit but Ford left that money on the table instead of using it to help workers with Bombardier.

Canada's Bombardier (BBDb.TO) said on Wednesday it would lay off around half of the workforce, or about 550 employees, at its passenger train plant in Ontario, effective November 4, confirming earlier media reports.

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Pasqualino laid part of the blame for a lack of new contracts on the province, however, saying that "our customer is the government, it's not individuals".

He also pointed the finger at the Trump administration, which has backed Buy America-like clauses requiring a minimum threshold of local content.

"We have a plan sitting there that can keep these people employed", Ford said.

"I don't want to argue with federal government", Ford said, as he called on Ottawa to "sign the deal and let's get things moving".

The transportation company's layoffs mark Bombardier's latest downsizing move in an ongoing effort to improve profitability.

The threshold for local content requirements on public transportation projects in the US sits at 65 percent, and will climb to 70 percent this fall.

"It was just a few months ago that Doug Ford told the union president that there would be another contract coming", she said.

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