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Airbus announces the removal of 15 000 positions worldwide, including 5,000 in France

The european group of aeronautics announced on Tuesday the removal of 5,000 jobs in France. to cope with the economic crisis due to the epidemic of Covid-19, t

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Airbus announces the removal of 15 000 positions worldwide, including 5,000 in France

The european group of aeronautics announced on Tuesday the removal of 5,000 jobs in France.

to cope with the economic crisis due to the epidemic of Covid-19, the announcements of job losses accumulate. Airbus comes to his turn to announce that he was going to remove approximately 15,000 jobs in the world, including 5,000 in France. This is equivalent to 11% of its workforce in the world by the summer of 2021, without excluding summary dismissals, in order to "resize its activity in commercial aviation" in the face of the crisis due to the coronavirus.

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In detail, about 5100 posts will be deleted in Germany, 5000 in France, 1700 to the United Kingdom, 900 in Spain and 1300 on other sites of the group in the world, stated on Tuesday evening the european company in a press release.

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"Discussions" with the unions

A portion of these job losses affect the French subsidiary of Airbus Stelia Aerospace and the German Premium Aerotec. "Although measures enforced cannot be excluded at this stage, Airbus will work with its social partners to limit the impact of this plan based on all of the social measures available, including voluntary departures, the measures of early retirement, as well as the part-time unemployment long-term for the activities that are suited to it," says the aircraft manufacturer, who intends to conclude by the year 2020, discussions with the trade unions.

The social plan aims at the removal of 14 931 jobs, of which 4952 in France (3488 in the branch for commercial aircraft and 1464 at Stelia Aerospace), according to the union CGE-CGC, for whom "no forced departure of the group's employees will be considered".

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Airbus, which declined in April by more than a third of its production rates to cope with an air transport market that collapsed and is "facing the most serious crisis that this sector has ever known," said Guillaume Faury, chief executive officer of Airbus, was quoted in the press release. "The measures taken so far by the company have allowed us to absorb the initial shock of this pandemic. We now need to ensure the sustainability of the company and guarantee our ability to emerge from the crisis, the global leader in the aerospace sector, while adapting to the immense challenges facing our clients," he explains, saying that "determined to limit the social impact of this adaptation".

The job cuts affecting the sector of commercial aviation, the most important of the group and does not relate to the division Airbus helicopters, or the branch, Defense and Space. Facing a difficult market, it has already announced in February a restructuring plan providing for 2665 deletions of positions.

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ads "excessive" according to Bercy

a Few minutes after these announcements, the ministry of Economy has deemed "excessive" the number of job cuts announced by the giant of aviation. "We expect Airbus that it makes full use of the instruments put in place by the government to reduce the number of job cuts", and that it limits "the maximum departures are forced," said Bercy in a statement.

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