Laid-off Bombardier workers en route to finding new roles at company and beyond
|CTVnews 22 Feb 2019 at 13:35|
MONTREAL -- The CEO and union leaders at Bombardier Inc. say the plane-and-train maker is well on the way to finding new work for recently laid-off employees.
Bombardier says filling different positions within the Montreal-based company, finding jobs with other employers or reverting to part-time work are part of the so-called "reclassification" process.
Last November, the plane-and-train-maker announced about 5,000 layoffs -- 2,500 of them in Quebec and 500 in Ontario -- as part of a restructuring plan that the company says will save it US$250 million a year.
Chief executive Alain Bellemare says that so far about 20 per cent of laid-off employees in Quebec, or roughly 500 workers, have been reclassified, often finding other roles at the 77-year-old company or elsewhere in the province s aerospace sector.
David Chartrand, Quebec co-ordinator for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, says that no workers he represents have lost their jobs to date.