Airbus will not make commitments on the absence of forced departures

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Airbus will not make commitments on the absence of forced departures


The CEO of Airbus refuses to make commitments on the absence of forced departures due to uncertainties on a sufficient number of voluntary candidates at the start.


Guillaume Faury, CEO of Airbus, on July 10, 2018 at the group's delivery center in Colomiers, Haute-Garonne


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Guillaume Faury, CEO of Airbus, on July 10, 2018 at the group’s delivery center in Colomiers, Haute-Garonne


“I understand very well that the public authorities do not take a positive view of redundancies, but I repeat: unfortunately we do not change industrial activity through political statements,” said the CEO of Airbus.

Guillaume Faury refuses to make commitments on the absence of forced departures within the group due to uncertainties about a sufficient number of candidates volunteering at the start, he said in an interview published on Monday by The gallery.

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The Minister for Industry, Agnès Pannier-Runacher, on July 23 asked Airbus not to resort to forced departures as part of its plan social adding that the government would be “vigilant” by following “very closely the way in which the public money will be used”, in reference to the plan of assistance to the aeronautics of 15 billion euros.

“In such a difficult economic environment, no one can say today that there will be, among the staff, enough volunteer candidates at the start”, defended the CEO. “It is a big uncertainty today and this is the reason why I do not make commitments on the absence of forced departures”.

5,000 job cuts in France

Airbus announced on June 30 the elimination of around 15,000 jobs, or 11% of its workforce, including 5,000 in France. The group had indicated that it would work with its social partners to limit the impact of this plan, without excluding “forced measures”.

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As for the creation of an assembly line for the A321 in Toulouse, demanded by elected officials from Haute-Garonne, Guillaume Faury replied in the negative, believing that the group had “no reason to invest in money in production capacities for which we will not have planes to produce “.

On a possible rebalancing between the civil and military activities of the group, the CEO believes that “without speaking of major acquisition projects, there will be a growth in defense activities coupled with a correction on the civilian in the short term, for rebalance the proportion between civilian and military “.

“If there are opportunities in the future to strengthen in these activities [défense, espace, hélicoptères], we will do it. Not in the heat of the moment, but that’s one of the things we have in mind, “he adds.

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