Bombardier has laid off a further 250 workers at its Downsview, Ontario, turboprop assembly plant due to declining demand for its Dash 8Q family. The lay-offs come as the manufacturer was continuing to suffer a strike at its Montreal regional jet plants as Flight International closed for press. The Downsview workforce has been cut by 1,500 over the past two years, leaving 4,000 employees at the plant. Meanwhile, in Montreal about 7,500 workers started strike action on 15 April. The employees, who have been without a contract since 30 November, are asking for a 5% a year pay rise over a three-year contract. Bombardier is offering 3.5% a year for four years, plus a C$1,000 ($630) signing bonus. Bombardier said on 18 April that no new talks have been scheduled.

Source: Flight International