France tells Airbus to reduce compulsory job cuts
PARIS (FRANCE) – The French government proposed Airbus on Wednesday to make as few compulsory excesses as possible after the European aircraft maker announced it was laying off 15,000 posts in Europe to get through the coronavirus crisis.
Junior Transport Minister Jean-Baptiste Djebbari said the government estimated at least 2,000 of the planned 5,000 cuts in France could be prevented through a reduced-work scheme aimed for the long term and because of government investment in next-generation green jets.
“The state urges Airbus to ensure that there are as few forced redundancies as possible,” Djebbari told BFM TV. “Airbus faces a very difficult period ahead. The state stands beside Airbus, and beside Air France.”
Djebbari gave a confirmation that Air France has made plans to shelve nearly 7,600 jobs as part of its restructuring to be announced this week, which comprises 1,000 at its regional unit which is named Hop! The figure was presented at a company meeting on Tuesday, he said.
The French government has admitted state aid worth 7 billion euros (£6.34 billion) for Air France to mitigate the economic shock of the coronavirus pandemic. Djebbari also urged Air France to minimise compulsory redundancies.
“It’s not 7 billion euros to pay for redundancy programmes. It’s 7 billion for survival, to pay salaries at the end of the month,” the minister said.
The French state owns 11% of Airbus and 14.3% of Air France KLM.
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