It could have been worse, says Airbus, as it axes 15,000
Faury said his company’s job cuts would have been “significantly worse” if not for government job retention schemes.
“Thanks to efforts of [governments] we have avoided a level of job cuts in direct proportion to the impact [on the industry],” he said.
Although France and Germany have jobs support schemes which last longer than the UK’s, which is due to be withdrawn in the autumn, Mr Faury denied that different government aid packages had affected how the distribution of job losses has been decided.
He had previously warned that the UK’s shorter support schemes could lead to “more permanent” jobs losses in Airbus’s British operations, and the company has in the past warned of the risks that it sees Brexit posing to its plants in the UK.
“We are adapting to the situation,” he said.
“We are looking at the workload on our workforce. There is no Brexit or influence on of any other nature.
“We are adapting to the number of wings we need to put on our planes. It is a mechanical translation of the workload.”
Workers had been braced for bad news after weeks of speculation about when and where the redundancies will fall.
“We’ve known this was coming for a long time and had expected it to be made weeks ago, but the French and German governments bailing out their own aerospace industries pushed it back,” said one source close to Airbus
In early June, the Paris government detailed a €15bn (£13.4bn) support package for its aerospace industry, following on from a similar move by Berlin, fuelling calls for UK to take similar action.
The bulk of its UK workers are at its plant in Broughton, North Wales.
Guillaume Faury, Airbus chief executive, said that the company was facing its gravest ever crisis