With the axe about to fall, Airbus workers are flexing their muscle and gearing up to fight for their jobs until the bitter end. Several walk-outs occurred on Thursday and Europe-wide action is now planned. The action comes after the planemaker said 10,000 jobs had to go.
Half the cuts will be made from its own ranks and half from contractors. However, staff are determined that the firm’s declared restructuring plan won’t go ahead.
Workers’ representative Rudiger Lutien maintains it won’t be implemented the way Airbus wants.
Lutien, Chairman of the Workers’ Council within parent company EADS, says the firm is in trouble not because there are too many workers on the payroll but because of management problems.
German and France are bearing the brunt of the cuts, with 8,000 jobs set to go. Spain and Britain are also being hit.
French unions have already announced a day of action next Tuesday with European mobilisation expected in mid-March.
A week dollar and costly delays in delivering the A380 superjumbo are blamed for financial woes at Airbus. On Thursday, the firm announced it was suspending work on the cargo version of the plane.