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What’s next for Airbus in Northern Germany? Many jobs are in danger. (Archive)

In Hamburg, the top of the aircraft manufacturer Airbus and the works council have been advising on the announced job cuts. In total, around 15,000 jobs are to be lost due to the business slump caused by the Corona crisis, 6,000 of them in Germany alone. As NDR 1 Niedersachsen reports, today’s talks are primarily about where jobs should be cut in the northern German plants.

Job cuts at Airbus: employees concerned

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The European aircraft manufacturer Airbus plans to cut 15,000 jobs worldwide. At many locations, employees are now worried about their jobs – including the plant in Stade.

Hamburg-Finkenwerder in particular

Hamburg-Finkenwerder is likely to be most affected. The Airbus plant there has the largest workforce with 14,000 employees. According to information from NDR 90.3, more than every sixth job is on the brink. Many of the employees commute to work from the surrounding area of ​​Lower Saxony. The Stade site, on the other hand, only has around 2,000 employees. In addition, there are 50 temporary workers who, like all other temporary workers in the Group, have to leave by the end of the year. The aim of the works councils is to prevent redundancies in the core workforce.

Saving jobs with extended short-time benefits?

Airbus is therefore putting pressure on the federal government. If that Short-time work allowance extended to two years, Airbus in Germany could receive 1,500 of the 6,000 jobs in the commercial aircraft division at risk, said production chief Michael Schöllhorn in a conference call with media representatives on Wednesday. State research funding for the development of more environmentally friendly aircraft could secure a further 500 jobs, said Schöllhorn.

Apparently no complete closings are planned

According to information from Lower Saxony’s Minister of Economic Affairs Bernd Althusmann (CDU), the announced job cuts will affect all northern German locations. Althusmann said that early retirement and short-time working arrangements as well as flexible working time models are to be examined to help Airbus through the crisis. So far, no plant closings should be under discussion, as was the case in the 1990s, when the Stade plant was threatened. In Northern Germany there are plants in Stade, Nordenham, Varel, Buxtehude, Bremen and Hamburg-Finkenwerder.

Massive job cuts at Airbus

NDR 90.3

NDR 90.3 Current

According to information from NDR 90.3, Airbus plans to cut every sixth job in Hamburg. The company is thus responding to the sharp drop in demand for aircraft. Dietrich Lehmann reports.

46,000 employees in Germany

The plans are to be implemented by summer 2021. According to Airbus, Airbus employs approximately 46,000 people at almost 30 locations in Germany. The group expects aviation to not recover from the corona crisis before 2023. The level before Corona may not be reached until 2025. Almost half of the 2,000 employees at the Airbus plant in Stad are currently on short-time work.

IG Metall warns of clear cutting

The Union IG Metall warned of a clear cut due to the planned deletions. “Neither Airbus nor the entire aerospace industry can afford to cut thousands of skilled workers who were desperately needed before the crisis,” said a spokesman. The group works council said: “The planned job cuts are not about overcoming the current crisis, but about the long-planned restructuring of the company.”

Further information

07/01/2020 12:00

The IG Metall union appeals to Airbus to cut jobs moderately. Because of the Corona crisis, the aircraft manufacturer wants to cut around 5,100 jobs in Germany alone. more

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