Boeing, Bombardier dispute could hit United Kingdom jobs

Mrs May said the United Kingdom government would continue to work to protect more than 4,000 workers at Bombardier’s plants in the North, who face an uncertain future after a ruling from the Trump administration’s Department of Commerce.

Mrs May said yesterday she was “bitterly disappointed” with the decision of the US Department of Commerce to propose an interim tariff of more than 219 per cent on the import of Bombardier C-Series jets to the US.

Wilbur Ross, the US Commerce Secretary, said in a statement: “The U.S. values its relationships with Canada, but even our closest allies must play by the rules”.

“What we’re really focused on is a final decision from the International Trade Commission that is going to be on whether there was any harm to Boeing”, Letendre said. “We would prefer this kind of dispute to be settled on a negotiated basis and we will be redoubling our efforts with the Canadian government to bring about a negotiated settlement”.

“Subsidies enabled Bombardier to dump its product into the US market, harming aerospace workers in the United States and throughout Boeing’s global supply chain”, the company said in a statement.

“This dispute has nothing to do with limiting innovation or competition, which we welcome”, Boeing said.

Meanwhile, Bombardier and the Trudeau government appeared to be reeling.

Bombardier expected to double down on its efforts to snag a CSeries order from China after the USA announced hefty duties that threaten to shut it out of the large American market.

It called the magnitude of the USA duty “absurd and divorced from the reality about the financing of multibillion-dollar aircraft programmes”.

“Boeing is seeking to use a skewed process to stifle competition and prevent USA airlines and their passengers from benefiting from the CSeries”.

Boeing had been asking for an 80 per cent duty.

She said her government “will continue to work with the company to protect vital jobs for Northern Ireland”, where Bombardier employs more than 4,000 people at its factories in Belfast. The real fight between the Canadian taxpayer and the Bombardier and Beaudoin families, however, should not be overshadowed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s show of strength in calling for a halt of the country’s F-18 deal with Boeing.

“Obviously we’re disappointed by the decision and I will continue to fight hard for good Canadian jobs”, said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, calling the USA tariff “protectionist and warrantless”.

President Donald Trump campaigned on a promise to get tough on trade.

Commerce’s findings Tuesday aren’t the end of the matter.

That finding is scheduled on October 4, but could be delayed.

THERESA May has hit out at Boeing over the escalating U.S. trade dispute with Belfast-linked rival Bombardier, saying its behaviour was “no way to operate”.

That ruling, which is expected in the spring, will be the key to whether any duties slapped on the CS100s become permanent or whether the case is dismissed and all duties are lifted.

Boeing’s behaviour in a United States trade dispute with Bombardier, which threatens thousands of jobs in Belfast, could jeopardise its trading relationship with the government, Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has warned.

Bombardier will have the chance to appeal the decision further up the food chain still, to the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

Freeland also warned that U.S. parts suppliers for the CSeries aircraft, which employ 23,000 Americans, and their jobs could be at risk because of Boeing’s petition.

Manufacturing Northern Ireland, an industry group, said the row was an ominous sign of the difficulties Britain could face after leaving the EU.

“Everyone realizes how important Bombardier is to Northern Ireland and we will use our influence with our government to make sure that continues”, she told Sky News. “Now that day could be a very long day, so that’s where the risks come from”. In a statement Tuesday, the Chicago-based manufacturer of the 737 described Bombardier’s “massive illegal subsidies” as a “violation of existing trade law”.

But there was also a glimmer of good news, after a senior Bombardier official said the firm was hoping to close several deals with Chinese airlines.

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