Airbus restructuring plan benmefits French, not Germans

31st January 2007, Comments 0 comments

BERLIN, Jan 31, 2007 (AFP) - German workers must not bear the brunt of a vast restructuring at European aircraft maker Airbus while French workers are spared, German Economy Minister Michael Glos said on Wednesday.

BERLIN, Jan 31, 2007 (AFP) - German workers must not bear the brunt of a  vast restructuring at European aircraft maker Airbus while French workers are spared, German Economy Minister Michael Glos said on Wednesday.

Glos acknowledged that it was up to the companies themselves, Airbus and its parent the European aerospace giant EADS, to decide what restructuring measures to take but said he would urge management to spread the cost-cutting evenly between France and Germany.

"I will do everything to urge our French partners and those in charge at Airbus that the measures are implemented in both countries and not to the detriment of the German factories," Glos told a news briefing here.

The minister was scheduled to meet representatives of Airbus's works council in Berlin on Wednesday.

Labour representatives fear that 5,000-8,000 German jobs could be on the line under restructuring plans, drafted in the face of costly delays to the Airbus 380 superjumbo program, that are scheduled to be announced within the next three weeks.

Unions are planning to stage a day of protest against the plans on Friday.

Glos said he understood workers' concerns.

But "all in all, there is an interest, for employees as well, that the company return to health and that it hold on to its place on the world market," he said.

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Subject: French news, Airbus, Germany

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