Airbus workers to halt production in France: union

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Airbus workers decided to halt plane production across France on Monday to press demands for better pay and new hires, a union official said.

Starting at noon, thousands of workers at the main Toulouse plant and in factories in Nantes and Saint-Nazaire in western France were to halt work on some assembly lines and block parts deliveries.

The protest action came amid tough negotiations over pay rises and resistance to moves to shift production to Germany.

"It is the first time that the five unions have mobilised together on the issue of salaries, work conditions and jobs," said union official Alain Milhau.

© 2010 AFP

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