During a demonstration by employees against the workforce reduction plan in the context of the health crisis.


B. Colin / 20 Minutes

There is no question for the majority union of Airbus that there are double standards in the next plan to reduce the workforce.

This Thursday, while negotiations have been underway for several weeks, the representatives of FO warned that they "would not sign either an agreement on long-term partial activity (APLD), or a job protection plan (PSE ) ”, If the management of the aircraft manufacturer in difficulty“ manufactures a two-speed unit ”.

With "constraints on wages and working conditions for production employees", while "employees of support and engineering functions do not suffer anything at all", disputed Jean-François Knepper, central union representative FO, after a meeting in Bercy.

He recalled in passing that if his union does not sign "there will be no agreement".

YES, the goal of zero layoffs remains valid!

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Hit by the drop in air traffic, hit hard by the coronavirus crisis, Airbus announced in June a restructuring plan providing for the elimination of 15,000 jobs worldwide, including 5,000 in France and 3,500 in Toulouse.

On several occasions since, the executive director of the European aircraft manufacturer, Guillaume Faury, has indicated that it is “unlikely that voluntary departures will suffice” to achieve this objective.

"Zero forced departure"

The unions are formally opposed to it.

"The red line is zero forced starts," said Jean-François Knepper.

“It's possible by relying on all the devices.

We must open up the APLD to all employees and we want the effort to be equitably shared between all employees ”, he recalled at the end of his meeting with members of the cabinet of the minister responsible. of Industry, Agnès Pannier-Runacher.

He “felt a ministry mobilized behind (his) concerns.

It is essential and important ”.

Especially when “the state owns 11% of Airbus”.

“The message we are sending to the government is to bring everyone to their senses.

If efforts have to be made, employers must also.

Our problem is not a competitiveness problem.

We must overcome this crisis, but not add a social crisis to the health and economic crisis ”, he declared.

In addition to "the widest possible implementation" of the APLD, in order to "reduce the number of jobs lost", we must "find as many solutions as possible" to allow voluntary departures, "in particular by setting up a mechanism for the longest and most effective possible early termination of activity, ”said FO in a press release.


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