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Shorts Engineering

Issue No. 1784

Workers at the Shorts aircraft plant in Belfast are to ballot on strikes against compulsory redundancies. Shorts, owned by the Canadian Bombardier Aerospace group, wants to cut some 2,000 jobs out of the 7,500-strong workforce.

Around 1,000 jobs will have gone by the end of this month. Many of them are temporary workers and subcontractors. Some 390 permanent workers are also going. Amicus, the workers' union, is to ballot hundreds of workers on action against some of the compulsory job losses.

Some workers are unhappy that any action under this plan would not be for many weeks, when job losses are already going through.

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Sat 26 Jan 2002, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1784
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