Thousands of jobs in Northern Ireland under threat if ruling on unfair state subsidies goes against Bombardier

Unions said Bombardier’s workers in Belfast were “holding their breath” as they await the verdict of US authorities on a trade dispute between the Canadian firm and its rival plane maker Boeing, the repercussions of which could put at risk about 4,000 jobs in Northern Ireland.

The US Commerce Department is expected to announce its decision on Tuesday, after American firm Boeing alleged in April that Bombardier received unfair state subsidies from Canada and the UK, allowing it to sell its C-series passenger jets at below cost in the US.

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