Airbus confirms plans to furlough staff at Bristol site

Airbus has confirmed it is planning to temporarily furlough around 1,500 staff at its site in Filton, near Bristol.

Roughly two-thirds of the company’s engineering, engineering support, and support function employees in Bristol will be impacted by the decision, according to Airbus.

The aerospace giant said furloughing will happen in two waves of three weeks and Filton plant employees will not be affected.

Airbus also said it was working with trade unions to apply the Job Retention Scheme, which involves the Government paying 80 per cent of wages to staff affected.

“Airbus confirms it has agreed with its trade union colleagues to apply the Government’s Job Retention Scheme to roughly two thirds of its engineering, engineering support and support function employees at its Filton site,” the company said in a statement.

The news comes a week after the aerospace giant applied the Government’s Job Retention Scheme for approximately 3,200 production and production-support employees at its commercial aircraft site in Broughton, North Wales.

Last month, the chief executive of Airbus reportedly said the company was “bleeding cash at unprecedented speed” because of the Covid-19 outbreak.

Guillaume Faury allegedly warned staff the survival of Airbus could be “in question” if the company didn’t “act now”, according to the Reuters news agency.

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