TOULOUSE, France: Unions went on strike on 6 February at Airbus factories in France, and workers demonstrated against the European planemaker’s plan to trim 10,000 jobs.
Five unions asked Airbus employees to walk off the job for five hours Tuesday and gather in front of the company’s various French factories.
A march in Toulouse, the southwestern French city where Airbus is based, gathered nearly 4,000 employees of Airbus and its subcontractors. Buses brought employees to the march from various factory sites around Toulouse.
Some 4,300 of the job cuts are planned in France, where the restructuring plan has caused uproar among workers and prompted leading presidential candidates to call for a state bailout.
The plan announced last week seeks to shed 10,000 staff and sell, close or spin off six plants around Europe. The company is struggling to survive the fallout from a two-year delay to its A380 superjumbo and the weaker U.S. dollar.
Employee representatives at three German plants facing an uncertain future said Monday that work had resumed after walkouts last week.