The completion of the manufacture from 2021 of the A380, known as superjumbo, will affect between 400 and 500 employees of Airbus in Spain of the total of between 3,000 and 3,500 jobs that will be affected in all the European plants of the aeronautical consortium during the next three years. Other countries involved in the cancellation of the model are the United Kingdom (between 500 and 600 employees), Germany (between 1,100 and 1,200) and France (between 1,100 and 1,200).
This was revealed on Tuesday by the management of Airbus during the meeting with the European Works Council (SE-WC), with which it has initiated talks with the social partners on the transition of the A380 program and the redistribution of employees, after announcing the cessation of deliveries in 2021.
This figure of up to 3,500 jobs (1,300 operators and 2,100 in offices) that could be affected, represents less than 3% of the Airbus workforce worldwide, amounting to 134,000 workers (of them almost 48,000 in France, 46,000 in Germany, 14,000 in the United Kingdom and 12,700 in Spain adding up all its divisions).
Airbus has 17 A380 aircraft still to be delivered, in addition to the support for operators that have this type of aircraft in their fleets. The aeronautical group committed on 14 February to start a social dialogue after evaluating the production and delivery plan of the A380 pending in 2021.
During the meeting, Airbus presented to the social partners its roadmap for the A380 program, which includes "a gradual transition of production in series with an industrial adaptation and purchases", and also the support in services during the next years.
In a statement, the aeronautical consortium recalls that about 12,000 Airbus employees change jobs each year. "The current increase in the production of single-aisle aircraft and the significant volume of the order book for wide-cabin aircraft offer a number of opportunities for internal mobility," said the European aeronautical consortium.
The inter-center committee of Airbus Spain already met on February 15 with the management of the company in our country, meeting in which they demanded a global industrial plan, which allows to transfer workers involved in the A380 to other programs to "be able to absorb the excess of jobs when it stops manufacturing, to other programs that have demand such as the A320 or the A350, or even military.
In the case of Spain, the production of the 'superjumbo' is divided between Illescas (Toledo), Puerto Real (Cádiz) and Getafe (Madrid). In Spain, the ventral hull, the horizontal stabilizer, the vertical rudder, the wing ribs and the rear fuselage in carbon fiber are built. Both UGT and CC.OO. they have demanded that the group comply with the collective agreement and that a global industrial plan be negotiated. .
The workers' representatives hope that a negotiation stage will be opened in which the jobs that are currently involved in the A380 are guaranteed, which requires the coordination of 16 Airbus plants in Germany, France, the United Kingdom and Spain.
The aeronautical group is confident that Emirates' new orders for other models (40 A330-900 aircraft and 30 A350-900 aircraft) and the increased production of the A320 program will translate into "a significant number of internal mobility opportunities". The weight of the A380's production has been decreasing in recent years, while other projects such as the A320 or the A350 have gained importance.
In addition, the company will launch specific services for the reconversion of competencies, intended to "further support relocation in different functions and programs." "Airbus is committed to the responsible and satisfactory management of its industrial adaptations, as it has demonstrated in the past," concludes his note.
Airbus has previously resorted to mechanisms included in the labor agreement to agree with the workers on measures such as flexibility or mobility that already cover the quota until 2020. In fact, it estimated the adjustments in the A380 production line at about 3,700 jobs. and of the A400M in the European plants, of them around 850 in Spain, where there are 300 jobs to be reassigned after 2020.