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Fears over major job losses were partially eased after it was announced Airbus would take a majority stake in Bombardier’s C-Series aircraft, as Unite continues pressing the UK government to take a stronger stand against American protectionism.

The US authorities moved to slap 300 per cent tariffs on Bombardier’s C-Series

jet, after US-based rival Boeing filed a complaint claiming Bombardier had benefited from state aid, claims which Unite rejects.

The wings for the C-series jet are produced in Northern Ireland, where over 4,000 people are directly employed.

But in October hopes were dashed over

the Airbus deal when Bombardier announced 280 job losses shortly after the takeover was first announced. Unite says this proves there can be no complacency until Boeing drops its claim.

Unite regional coordinating officer Davy Thompson said the 280 job losses were “devastating news” and called on Bombardier to reconsider the redundancies.

“The deal could take a year or so to get through while Boeing in the US is unlikely to sit idly by. During this period there is a danger that tariffs will be imposed,” said Unite assistant general secretary Steve Turner.

“Until the tariffs and Boeing’s complaint against Bombardier are dropped then the very real danger to UK jobs remains,” he added.

“Unite will continue to work with all parties who have a role in saving these jobs.We will not rest until we are certain that these Bombardier jobs are secure.”

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Capita pensions anger

As uniteWORKSwent to press, Capita staff began nine days of strike action in a pensions dispute which sees the outsourcing giant attempting to close the current defined benefit scheme. Dominic Hook, Unite national officer said, “Capita management only have themselves to blame for the fact that staff at Capita have been forced to take industrial action. The employer’s disgraceful plans to slash the deferred pay that staff will get in retirement has made employees angry. The extremely high vote in favour of strike action shows how strongly members feel about this.”

FOOD AND DRINK Find out more HERE Xmas drinks strike?

Christmas revellers in London and the south east could face a thirsty time, if workers at a drinks’ distribution depot take industrial action in mid-December over ‘appalling’ working conditions.

DHL took over a contract for the delivery of Carlsberg’s products in October and since then Unite has said the new contract has led to excessive workloads for drivers and other staff.

Unite regional officer Paul Travers said, “There are serious health and safety implications here for the drivers who are physically drained by the bosses’ unreasonable demands.

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We have seen already one lorry involved in an accident.” Travers called on management to have constructive talks.

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