Germany to feel brunt of 5,291 Airbus job cuts: source

Mon Jan 27, 2014 12:47pm EST
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By Dominique Rodriguez

PARIS (Reuters) - Airbus Group (AIR.PA: Quote) has told its unions it will shed the equivalent of 5,291 jobs as part of a restructuring of its defense and space activities, with the axe falling most heavily in Germany, a union source said on Monday.

The company said in December it would cut 5,800 full-time and temporary posts as it combines the two divisions into one unit sharing the Airbus name, including 500 corporate jobs.

Of these, 1,500 will be eligible to be rehired by the group's commercial planemaking and helicopter subsidiaries and a further 1,300 are temporary workers not on the main payroll.

This leaves 3,000 net job reductions from the main company payroll, just over half of which would be on a voluntary basis, leaving up to 1,450 forced redundancies.

In a detailed internal briefing to the company's works council on Monday, Airbus Group said the restructuring would involve 2,438 jobs in Germany, including 1,010 at the Manching Eurofighter combat jet factory, the union source said.

Just over 1,400 jobs would be affected in France, the source added.

An Airbus Group spokesman declined to comment.

The union source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the French jobs would be spread between four locations - 396 in Toulouse, 309 in Mureaux, 411 in Elancourt and 213 in Saint-Medard-en-Jalles.   Continued...

Flags with the new logo of aircraft manufacturer Airbus Group are seen on the entrance gate of the company's office building in Paris January 3, 2014. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier