May committed to helping secure Belfast Bombardier jobs - DUP

May committed to helping secure Belfast Bombardier jobs - DUP

May committed to helping secure Belfast Bombardier jobs - DUP

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Following this, United Kingdom defence secretary Michael Fallon warned Boeing for the assault on Canadian jet maker and said that it "could jeopardise" its chances of securing government contracts. "The government will continue to work with the company to protect jobs, vital in Northern Ireland ", she added.

The U.S. Commerce Department on Tuesday slapped preliminary anti-subsidy duties on Bombardier Inc's CSeries jets after rival Boeing Co accused Canada of unfairly subsidizing the aircraft, a move likely to strain trade relations between the neighbours.

The CBI has responded to the US Department of Commerce's preliminary ruling which proposes placing an interim tariff of almost 220% on the import of Bombardier's C-Series jets to the US.

Ms Foster said: "This is a very disappointing determination, but it is not the end of the process and there are further steps that will follow". U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May said she was "bitterly disappointed" with the duties, which threaten jobs at a Bombardier plant in Northern Ireland.

"We think that the case that Boeing launched really has no merit", said Leitao, whose government invested US$1 billion for a 49.5 per cent stake in the CSeries commercial jet program previous year.

"This is not the behaviour we expect of Boeing and could indeed jeopardise our future relationship with Boeing", Sir Michael said on a visit to Belfast.

But a final determination on whether to make those duties permanent won't be made until the U.S. International Trade Commission decides whether Boeing was hurt by the deal.

Boeing in a statement hailed the result, saying, "This dispute has nothing to do with limiting innovation or competition, which we welcome".

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A man works on a C Series aeroplane wing in the Bombardier factory in Belfast, Northern Ireland September 26, 2017.

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Bombardier CSeries components were supplied by American companies that supported nearly 23,000 jobs in U.S. states, including Connecticut, Florida and New Jersey.

However, aerospace analyst Howard Wheeldon said: "Threats by both the Canadian and British Prime Ministers to halt purchase of Boeing military planes unless the dispute can be sorted out are hardly conducive to finding a satisfactory way out of the current impasse". The U.S. company claims Bombardier sold the airplanes for $19.6 million each, or some $13.8 million less than they cost to manufacture.

He added that Boeing has received "tens of billions of dollars" in subsidies from the American government over several decades, and described the USA government decision to impose duties as "really surprising".

Boeing had asked for an 80 per cent duty.

"The US values its relationships with Canada, but even our closest allies must play by the rules", said US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. "It's high time she woke up".

The senior union figure added: "Mrs May needs to stand up for our members in the aerospace industry and for decent jobs and for manufacturing in the United Kingdom".

The manufacturer, which has been a major employer in Northern Ireland for 30 years, is due to begin delivering a blockbuster order for up to 125 new jets to Atlanta-based Delta Airlines in 2018.

Ross Murdoch, the GMB union's national officer, said it was a "hammer blow" to Belfast and risked sending shock waves through Northern Ireland's economy. "The C Series serves a market segment not supported by any US manufacturer".

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