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France: Airbus workers march to Toulouse-Blagnac airport against job cuts02:01

France: Airbus workers march to Toulouse-Blagnac airport against job cuts

France, Blagnac
July 9, 2020 at 15:31 GMT -00:00 · Published

Airbus workers marched from the company's headquarters to the Toulouse-Blagnac airport on Thursday, to protest against the company's plans to cut up to 15,000 jobs in response to the coronavirus crisis.

The protesters marched while holding banners and flags with the symbols of General Confederation of Labour (CGT) trade union. The leader of the French opposition party La France Insoumise (France Unbowed) Jean-Luc Melenchon was also seen in the crowd.

"If we have to reason only with Airbus' accounting, we are in trouble. First of all, I would like to see if it's true, because Airbus still distributed billions of dividends to its shareholders, maybe there was a better use for it or there remains a better use for it," said Melenchon.

Airbus has stated a third of the 15,000 job cuts are set to happen in France, including 3,378 in Toulouse, where it manufactures wide-body jets and some A320s.

France: Airbus workers march to Toulouse-Blagnac airport against job cuts02:01
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Airbus workers marched from the company's headquarters to the Toulouse-Blagnac airport on Thursday, to protest against the company's plans to cut up to 15,000 jobs in response to the coronavirus crisis.

The protesters marched while holding banners and flags with the symbols of General Confederation of Labour (CGT) trade union. The leader of the French opposition party La France Insoumise (France Unbowed) Jean-Luc Melenchon was also seen in the crowd.

"If we have to reason only with Airbus' accounting, we are in trouble. First of all, I would like to see if it's true, because Airbus still distributed billions of dividends to its shareholders, maybe there was a better use for it or there remains a better use for it," said Melenchon.

Airbus has stated a third of the 15,000 job cuts are set to happen in France, including 3,378 in Toulouse, where it manufactures wide-body jets and some A320s.

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