GE Aviation - Lay Off 13% At Factory In Quebec - Related To Suspension Of Boeing 737 MAX Production
70 employees laid off at GE Aviation: "The distress is enormous"
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January 11, 2020 - by JEAN-FRANÇOIS GUILLET for lavoixdelest.ca
The start of the year started off badly for dozens of employees made redundant at GE Aviation in Bromont, Quebec, Canada.
Staff from the company told La Voix de l'Est that recurrent layoffs create an "unhealthy work climate" at the Bromont factory.
"We have informed 70 temporary GE employees who will be part of a short-term layoff effective Friday, January 10. This represents about 13% of our production staff at the Bromont plant, "said GE Aviation media relations director Perry Bradley by email.
According to our information, these layoffs are particularly related to the problems of the 737 MAX 8 aircraft manufacturer Boeing, one of the company's main customers. The company has not confirmed if more layoffs are imminent, only a terse response to the matter.
Recall that GE Aviation unveiled, in February 2017, innovation projects totaling $ 238 million at its Bromont,, Quebec facilities. It was announced that ultimately, 115 specialized jobs were to be created. Quebec has granted non-repayable financial assistance of $ 12 million for the realization of these projects.
The investments of the multinational, established in Bromont since 1982, are divided between three projects. One of them is to automate the manufacturing and repair processes of aircraft engines. The second is the establishment of a vibration laboratory. The purchase of equipment for the industrialization of parts for new engines, intended inter alia for Boeing 737 MAX, Comac C919 and Airbus A320neo, was also mentioned.
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