Airbus Workforce Adaptation Project Endangers 582 Jobs

By S.L. Fuller | November 1, 2016
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In January, Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Ltd. completed a fourth round of job cuts in Mirabel, Canada. In 18 months, the company cut about 40% of its Mirabel workforce — roughly 700 positions. Due to, in part, the plunge in oil prices affecting the offshore market and other internal changes, Bell is not alone in the idea of realignment. 

Airbus Helicopters plans to launch a collective workforce adaption plan project, the company said, that will affect facilities in France. Announced on Wednesday during a special Central Works Council (CWC) meeting in Marignane, the project will affect 582 jobs.

The project will not impose forced redundancies, as it is a voluntary departure plan. Airbus said it is based on the principle European principle of “double voluntariness.” The company aims to minimize social impacts of lost jobs, and will discuss a range of actions to take with social partners in order to do so.


Job cuts will take place during 2017 and 2018 at facilities in Marignane and Paris Le Bourget at La Courneuve. After discussions, the plan will be submitted to French authorities for approval. An initial consultation meeting with the CWC will take place on Nov. 3.

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