Bombardier has begun the process of recalling most of its Canadian based employees who were placed on furlough following government mandates enacted to slow the spread of COVID-19. Suspended manufacturing and service activities will gradually resume on May 11.
Nearly 11,000 employees are expected to be back to work within the next few weeks across the company’s aviation and transportation segments and Bombardier’s corporate office. Return-to-work schedules will vary by site and be subject to new procedures to ensure employee health and safety.
“As we resume operations across many of our sites, the health and safety of our employees, our customers and the general population will continue to be our top priority,” said ” said Éric Martel, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bombardier. “I deeply believe that by continuing to work in close collaboration with the employee representatives and public health authorities in all the countries where we operate, Bombardier will establish itself as an example of a dynamic and responsible industrial leader in the global recovery.”
Bombardier will utilize the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) program for the benefit of eligible employees in Canada. This application has the full support of unions representing Canada-based Bombardier employees.
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