Motion: Bombardier Aerospace

Council - 2nd January 2018

To consider the following motion of which due notice has been given:

‘Whereas this Council, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, recognises the vital significance of Bombardier Aerospace, formerly Shorts, for the Northern Ireland economy, with four thousand three hundred workers directly employed and a further twenty thousand employed indirectly in the supply chain or through induced economic activity; we express our profound concern at the threat posed to  these jobs by recent protectionist judgements by the US International Trade Commission which effectively places a 300% surcharge on the C Series aircraft in an attempt to close the US market; it is resolved to express our full solidarity with the workforce and company at this time of trial and propose to write directly to the Prime Minister Theresa May MP to request that the government make it known to Boeing that if they do not withdraw their case then they will be excluding themselves from UK procurement opportunities both current and future; it is further resolved to write to the European Trade Commissioner to request an immediate escalation through existing trade disputes mechanisms.’

Proposed by: Councillor Warrington, seconded by Councillor Thornton