Thousands of Airbus workers in France are on a day-long strike, demonstrating against job cuts proposed in a restructuring plan. Many took to the streets in the southwest city of Toulouse. Protestors included representatives of all major trade unions. Airbus wants to slash 10000 jobs across Europe – 4300 in France alone. It aims to cut costs after delays to the A380 super jumbo project.
In the city of Meult further north, about 1000 people braved the rain to voice their opposition. Unions are threatening wider action if there are forced redundancies. The strike comes before French presidential elections in April.
Both the main candidates Segolene Royal and Nicholas Sarkozy have proposed action to help Airbus parent company EADS if they are elected.