Airbus to cut 1000 temporary workers in Germany

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18 October 2006, Hamburg (dpa) - The German arm of planemaker Airbus said Tuesday it was invoking a work-reduction agreement with its staff, dispensing with an estimated 1,000 temporary workers and reducing staff hours. The agreement, which dates from 2003, sets out methods to reduce the German workforce, which comprises 22,000 permanent staff and 7,300 temporary workers. The latter group will bear the brunt of the cuts, with contracts for about 1,000 not renewed. Airbus, a subsidiary of European Aeronauti

18 October 2006

Hamburg (dpa) - The German arm of planemaker Airbus said Tuesday it was invoking a work-reduction agreement with its staff, dispensing with an estimated 1,000 temporary workers and reducing staff hours.

The agreement, which dates from 2003, sets out methods to reduce the German workforce, which comprises 22,000 permanent staff and 7,300 temporary workers. The latter group will bear the brunt of the cuts, with contracts for about 1,000 not renewed.

Airbus, a subsidiary of European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co (EADS), is reeling because of a two-year delay in the manufacture of its giant A380 super-jumbo jet after a change in the factory software that records the plane's wiring.

Some payroll staff will see working hours cut by one third during the wait for production to resume and must work overtime later.

Airbus said the 2003 agreement with unions, code-named Siduflex, was separate from the restructuring plan, code-named Power 8, that is taking effect at all the company's European plants. The biggest German factory is in the port city of Hamburg.

Debate continued meanwhile in Germany on a possible federal purchase of EADS shares as a way of preventing layoffs of German staff. German Economics Minister Michael Glos said this was a "last resort" if German corporations rejected a shareholding.

DPA

Subject: German news

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