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July 1, 2018

District 11

Airbus officially becomes the majority partner of the C-Series Partnership

Statement from the Machinists ' union on the takeover of the C-series limited partnership by Airbus

MONTREAL, July 1, 2018-on this day when Airbus officially becomes the majority partner of the C-Series Limited Partnership, the Machinists ' union wants to make sure we do not forget that it is the workers who are the heart of Quebec Aerospace Industry.

"The takeover of the C-series Limited partnership by Airbus must be seen as the end of a chapter and not as the end of the story. This Aircraft, which was born of the know-how of Quebeckers, will continue to be manufactured in Mirabel, at least until 2041. It should not be forgotten that Airbus has already stated that Montreal will become one of its centers of activity  At the moment we have no reason to be alarmist about their intention, stresses the Quebec coordinator of the Machinists ' Union, David Chartrand. Our determination, our genius and our pride in working in aerospace are not owned by any private company. This industry has been the livelihood of thousands of workers from here for generations. If we continue to believe in our means and work together to develop them, we have all the tools in hand to remain among the best in the world in this area." 

Both in the Bombardier factories and in the C-series Limited Partnership one the Machinists union remains optimistic about the jobs.

"Air Baltic has placed a firm order of 30 CS-300 with an option on 30 additional aircraft and several other carriers boast the merits of this aircraft. In less than two months, Bombardier received two orders totalling 45 CRJ 900 of an option for 15 others. The Global program already has the wind in its sails. Quebec aerospace workers are demonstrating every day that we have a place in this industry. In a situation where the skilled and high-quality aerospace workforce is scarce, we are in a good position to do our share" says the IAMAW coordinator.

The machinists ' union believes that aerospace will have to be at the heart of the next government's economic strategy. 

 "Our mandate at the Machinists ' Union is not only to stand up for working conditions and jobs, but also to protect the interests of society as a whole." With the elections at our doorstep, it would be nice to remind the representatives of political parties that an aerospace strategy guided by the national interest to all would have the necessary potential to advance Quebec, concludes Mr. Chartrand.