Sides Bicker Over Whose Jobs Should Be Cut Under Power8; More
Plane Delays, Too
Anyone who says CEOs don't earn
their salaries hasn't run Airbus... and we wouldn't recommend
applying for that particular job, either.
As if the ongoing fight by partner Northrup Grumman to retain a
US Air Force tanker contract wasn't enough, Business Week reports
workforce restructuring among the company's manufacturing
facilities have French and German unions at each others'
French employees are complaining that 2,000 Germans brought to
Toulouse, France as temps to fix problems on the A380 never left.
The French also say they have shouldered a disproportionate share
of cost reductions.
The Germans are unhappy because some work on aircraft cabins has
been shifted from Hamburg to Toulouse.
Airbus CEO Tom Enders displayed a knack for understatement. "The
social climate is not good," he told the French business newspaper
La Tribune. "It's impossible to change everything at the same time
and at the same speed. To have a total, permanent equilibrium, as
some of our unions want, is absolutely unrealistic."
He also blamed a lack of integration in Airbus, caused by
nationalism, training and language problems, for the need to bring
German workers to France to finish work started in Germany.
Enders admitted that allegations of insider trading by
executives is not helpful, and is part of an erosion in the
company's image and stock price. He also confirmed that he is a
target in the probe. Enders told La Tribune the charges are
But, he said, "It's evident that this case is seriously damaging
our reputation and that of the company."
Also not helping Airbus' reputation was another revelation by
Enders, who indicated during the La Tribune interview the
planemaker's oft-delayed A400M military transport turboprop
probably won't fly until "September or October" at the earliest --
months later than Enders originally promised earlier this year.
As ANN reported, in February Airbus CEO Thomas
Enders told attendees at the Singapore Airshow the program's
troubles were behind it, with no further delays on top of a 6-12
month postponement announced the month before.
The A400M project has been under development for over 20