Airbus May Cut Working Hours To Avoid Layoffs Amid Crisis
Aircraft manufacturer Airbus is considering reducing working hours at its plants in France to avoid layoffs due to the decline in production due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a letter from the regional head of human resources, Donald Frati, which was obtained by Bloomberg.
The Council, which will decide on the corresponding plan, will be held on October 15. If an agreement is reached with the staff, the changes will take effect on January 1, 2021, the Agency said. It is expected that the reduction in working hours will be effective at the company's factories over the next two years. Thus, Airbus will try to retain qualified employees in the current situation.
"The prospects for continuing our activities are extremely vague," Frati said. According to him, more than 3,500 workers in France have already expressed a desire to quit, and most of these cases are related to measures imposed by the authorities against the elderly.
In early July, the Airbus consortium announced plans to cut 15,000 jobs worldwide, including 5,000 in France, due to the crisis. On Tuesday, the company's CEO, Guillaume Fori, promised that its management is doing everything to avoid layoffs.
According to the latest data, the number of people infected with coronavirus in France has reached 513,034, and 31,661 people have died.