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Workers halt production at 2 Airbus plants over bonuses

Workers halt production at 2 Airbus plants over bonuses

All work at two Airbus plants in France came to a halt Wednesday after workers voted to stage a 24-hour, renewable walkout to protest shrunken bonuses at the troubled plane maker.
Airbus' financial difficulties mean workers are getting no variable bonus this year. The fixed bonus is estimated by the Force Ouvriere union at between euro2.82 and euro10 (US$3.83-13.55), depending on the employee's salary.
In previous years, most employees received two bonuses of euro1,900 (US$2,580) each.
Employee dissatisfaction was deep at the plants in Saint-Nazaire and Nantes in western France.
"The guys are saying, 'We did our job, 450 airplanes last year. We want our money,'" said Yvonnick Dreno, an FO union representative at Saint-Nazaire. "It seems to us that nobody is running Airbus, everything is being done without any common sense."
The Saint-Nazaire plant is among six Airbus factories to be sold or closed in a contentious restructuring plan that would slash 10,000 jobs Europe-wide. The plan is aimed at helping the plane maker overcome costly delays to its A380 superjumbo and the effects of a weaker U.S. dollar.
Protesters criticized the shareholder meeting scheduled for Friday by Airbus parent European Aeronautic Defence & Space Co.
"They're going to divide up between them the company's skimpy dividends and meanwhile, we're asking people to tighten their belts, work more," Dreno said. "People are saying 'stop.'"
EADS shares were trading down slightly by 0.8 percent to euro23.52 (US$31.96) Wednesday afternoon.


Updated : 2020-11-30 20:16 GMT+08:00