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Brazil's Embraer to furlough 15,000 workers ahead of Boeing deal - union

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Brazil's Embraer to furlough 15,000 workers ahead of Boeing deal - union
The logo of Brazilian aviation company Embraer is seen during the Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition fair (LABACE) at Congonhas Airport in Sao Paulo, Brazil August 14, 2018. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker   -   Copyright  PAULO WHITAKER(Reuters)
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SAOPAULO (Reuters) – Brazilian planemaker Embraer SA <EMBR3.SA> will furlough almost 15,000 workers in January, a metalworkers union said on Thursday, ahead of a partial takeover by Boeing Co <BA.N> as part of a deal that still needs regulatory approval.

Boeing has agreed to buy 80% of Embraer’s commercial plane division for $4.75 billion (3.8 billion pounds), a deal approved by shareholders and the Brazilian government but which is undergoing an intensive regulatory investigation in Europe. Embraer has said it expects the deal to close in early 2020.

Embraer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

(Reporting by Marcelo Rochabrun; Editing by Leslie Adler)

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