Airbus Details Jobs Cuts To Company, Suppliers
The number of jobs to be lost
between Airbus and its suppliers numbers in the thousands under the
company's Power8 restructuring plan announced earlier this year,
The restructuring calls for 10,000 European-wide job cuts and
six full or partial factory sales by 2010.
With Toulouse, France, as the company's headquarters, that city
faces the most severe job losses, reported Le Monde, with 2,305
positions axed at the company's production sites and 964 jobs at
Airbus headquarters. The total job loss in France is reported to be
4,100, including 369 jobs cuts in Saint-Nazaire and 295 at Nantes,
both in western France, and 192 at Meaulte in the north.
Airbus informed employees of the cuts in a works council meeting
Friday. Airbus CEO Louis Gallois met with Union Reps early in April
to talk About Power8 cuts.
The restructuring, as reported by ANN, was due to a weak
dollar and delays to the A380 superjumbo.
Hamburg, Germany, is set to lose the largest number of
production jobs, with 2,317 posts affected.
In Britain, 1,095 jobs are being eliminated at Filton, while 334
jobs are reported to be terminated at Getafe, Spain.
Airbus was not available for comment, according to Reuters.
Workers in France staged wildcat
strikes last week over annual profit-sharing payments of less than
seven US dollars per worker for 2006, which union officials
contrasted with a $10.5 million (US) pay-off for sacked former
Airbus chief Noel Forgeard.
Parent EADS faces internal disagreements over whether to agree
to a dividend at its annual shareholder meeting on May 4, with
opposition to the move likely to make waves on the last day of
campaigning in the France's presidential election.
Both remaining French presidential candidates, Nicolas Sarkozy
and Ségolène Royal. oppose a payout to investors at a
time when thousands of Airbus workers are losing their jobs.