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Germany: Airbus workers set out 2,000 empty chairs against job cuts in Hamburg03:55

Germany: Airbus workers set out 2,000 empty chairs against job cuts in Hamburg

Germany, Hamburg
July 8, 2020 at 16:37 GMT -00:00 · Published

Nearly 1,000 Airbus employees and representatives of Germany's biggest metalworkers' union staged an "empty chair" protest in Hamburg on Wednesday, against the aviation company's job-cut plans amid the coronavirus crisis.

Protesters set out 2,000 empty chairs outside Hamburg's Airbus Finkenwerder plant, symbolising the 2,300 Airbus jobs at risk in the German city. The chairs were surmounted by pictures of Airbus employees and drawings made by their children.

"We won't accept these plans to cut 6,000 jobs in Germany, a risky future ensures no future at all," said IG-Metall district manager Daniel Friedrich.

"We set out 2,000 empty chairs. They show the chairs that would become empty if the employees were terminated or if all these people had to go," said Works Council Chairperson for Airbus Hamburg Sophia Kielhorn. "We decided to ask employees to send photos of themselves or drawings of their kids because we wanted to show that it's not about just numbers or empty chairs, it's about people and their families."

"There are other options rather than setting people adrift. We can prolong short-time work for 24 months, we can introduce a reduction in working hours collectively when people earn less but at least they remain employed," Kielhorn continued.

Around 14,600 people work in Hamburg's Finkenwerder and Fuhlsbuttel plants, according to reports.

Airbus announced a 11 percent reduction of its workforce last week, following a decrease in air travel triggered by the coronavirus crisis.

Germany: Airbus workers set out 2,000 empty chairs against job cuts in Hamburg03:55
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Nearly 1,000 Airbus employees and representatives of Germany's biggest metalworkers' union staged an "empty chair" protest in Hamburg on Wednesday, against the aviation company's job-cut plans amid the coronavirus crisis.

Protesters set out 2,000 empty chairs outside Hamburg's Airbus Finkenwerder plant, symbolising the 2,300 Airbus jobs at risk in the German city. The chairs were surmounted by pictures of Airbus employees and drawings made by their children.

"We won't accept these plans to cut 6,000 jobs in Germany, a risky future ensures no future at all," said IG-Metall district manager Daniel Friedrich.

"We set out 2,000 empty chairs. They show the chairs that would become empty if the employees were terminated or if all these people had to go," said Works Council Chairperson for Airbus Hamburg Sophia Kielhorn. "We decided to ask employees to send photos of themselves or drawings of their kids because we wanted to show that it's not about just numbers or empty chairs, it's about people and their families."

"There are other options rather than setting people adrift. We can prolong short-time work for 24 months, we can introduce a reduction in working hours collectively when people earn less but at least they remain employed," Kielhorn continued.

Around 14,600 people work in Hamburg's Finkenwerder and Fuhlsbuttel plants, according to reports.

Airbus announced a 11 percent reduction of its workforce last week, following a decrease in air travel triggered by the coronavirus crisis.

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