Airbus to remove thousands of workers from Broughton as production rate drops

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Airbus will employ more than half of its workforce at Broughton while production is reduced at the site.

The aerospace giant has confirmed that 3,200 workers will follow the job retention program against the coronavirus – where the British government pays 80% of the salary of staff on leave.

This is in addition to the 500 Broughton workers who were put on leave by contractor Guidant earlier this month.

The site employed just over 6,000 workers before the coronavirus crisis.



Airbus Beluga number 2 arrives ashore at Hawarden Airport after declaring a flight emergency.
Airbus Beluga number 2 arrives ashore at Hawarden Airport after declaring an in-flight emergency.

The news comes after Airbus chief executive Guillaume Faury warned that the company was “bleeding money” due to the pandemic.

This month, North Wales Live reported that Airbus was reducing the A320’s monthly production rate from 60 to 40 while also reducing the A350’s production rate to 6.

“We are bleeding money at an unprecedented rate, which can threaten the very existence of our business,” said Faury in a note to workers.

“We must now act urgently to reduce our liquidity, restore our financial balance and, ultimately, regain control of our destiny. “



Airbus A330-800neo

The company is expected to report its first quarter results in the coming days, in a period overshadowed by the pandemic that has left airlines struggling to survive and has cut off aircraft deliveries since mid-March.

About 3,000 French workers were put on leave this month and they have now revealed the impact on Broughton’s workforce.

A spokesperson said: “Airbus confirms that it has agreed with its social partners to apply the government job retention program to approximately 3,200 production and production support workers at its site commercial aircraft in Broughton. “

Airbus has agreed to raise workers’ wages – based on the worker’s salary with a tiered approach.

The periods of leave will be staggered. They will all start in the next three weeks and will last at least three weeks to maintain a certain level of production on site.

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