Airbus Workers To Block Production In Pay Protest

April 27, 2010

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Airbus unions in France plan to carry out a series of targeted blockages starting on Monday at three of the European planemaker's French sites in a protest over pay, the unions said on Monday.

The decision follows a demonstration by almost 10,000 workers on Friday as unions demand a similar salary increase to last year, of 3.5 percent.

"We have decided to harden our movement but we were unable to go as far as completely blocking all sites. We will therefore act by means of highly targeted, rotating actions," said Gilbert Plo, of the CFTC union, representing five unions.

The blockages would hit factories in Toulouse, Saint-Nazaire and Nantes, affecting use of Beluga transporters, as well as production of parts of the A380 superjumbo, according to unions.

"Further action is envisaged next week if management refuses to budge," Michel Pontoizeau, of union FO said.

Airbus parent EADS is pushing through its Power 8 programme to help reduce costs as the company battles with currency headwinds and a downturn in the air transport industry, as well as delays and cost overruns on key programmes.