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 as of May 11.
Nearly 11,000 employees are expected to be back to work within the next few weeks across the OEM'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.
Site and function leaders will be communicating specific plans and dates directly to employees. All recalled employees whose physical presence is not required at Bombardier's production or service sites will be asked to work from home until further notice.
“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. 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,” says Éric Martel, president and chief executive officer, Bombardier Inc.
Bombardier will utilise the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) programme for the benefit of eligible employees in Canada. This application has the full support of unions representing Canada-based Bombardier employees.
“Our industries are among the most affected by the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. And, I want to thank the federal government for putting this bold initiative in place to support Canadian workers and companies. I also want to thank the union leaders for their collaboration and support during these difficult times. Above all, I want to thank our employees and their families for their patience, understanding and dedication as we take the necessary actions to navigate through this global crisis and protect our business for the long-term,” adds Martel.