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Old 02-25-2007, 06:42 PM   #1  
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FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Airbus (EAD.PA) is considering extending its workweek to 40 hours from 35 hours without compensation as part of the European planemaker's restructuring plans, German magazine Focus reported.
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The reported proposal is likely to ring alarm bells in France, where a 35-hour work week was introduced by a Socialist government in 2000 and remains a potentially divisive issue ahead of April-June presidential and legislative elections.

"Management apparently is talking to unions about longer hours: 40 instead of 35 per week are envisaged," Focus reported in its Monday edition.

EADS unit Airbus declined comment and union representatives could not be reached.

Airbus has come up with plans for an estimated 10,000 job cuts and possible sales of factories to overcome delays to its A380 superjumbo and a currency disadvantage against rival Boeing (NYSE:BA - news), but Franco-German disagreements delayed a final deal.

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President Jacques Chirac and German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday that the two countries should share both the consequences of restructuring and the latest technology.

French business leaders have strongly criticized the country's 35-hour work week, saying it has curbed growth and failed to stimulate employment as its authors had hoped.

Socialist presidential candidate Segolene Royal has promised to review the 35-hour work week with the aim of "reducing negative consequences for workers and employees."

Conservative candidate Nicolas Sarkozy says the 35-hour week should be retained but viewed as a minimum, not a maximum, with people free to work more or longer if they want.

According to the Focus report, Airbus is also considering selling two French plants, Saint Nazaire and Meaulte, and two German plants, Nordenham and Varel, to cut costs.

It remains unclear whether the company would remain a minority shareholder or sell them completely, Focus said.

The magazine said the A320 single-aisle aircraft assembly would be moved from Toulouse in France to Hamburg in Germany in exchange for Germany dropping demands to assemble the key central section of the future wide-bodied A350.

Airbus is also looking to raise money from sale-and-leaseback programs, selling property and land to investors and leasing them back, Focus said.
No wonder they can't ever get the 380 out. I haven't known what a 35hr work week was like since I was 9yrs old.
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Old 02-25-2007, 07:52 PM   #2  
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French std: 10 years behind and workin' half-days to catch up.
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Old 02-25-2007, 08:37 PM   #3  
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I wonder if they're still going to keep their 5, 10, or however many ridiculous weeks of vacation time a year as well. I want to say it's around 5 but I don't remember.
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Old 02-25-2007, 09:00 PM   #4  
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Well according to my math for those 10,000 people they are laying off that comes to around 2.6 million man hours they could have utilized within 1 year.

I'd love to see a batch of their pilots come fly over here and fly as a freightdog. They could make a reality show about that one lol.
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yes it is too easy to make fun of the french. they put a target on their barrets. on the flip side, does anyone know how long a japan work week is?
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All of France is in trouble in the employment sector, people work to little, it is impossible to fire people. Many young people graduating university are unemployed because companys dont want to hire people seeing as they cant fire them if they are incompatent.
Lets just hope Germany takes more of the Airbus production over from the frogs. I recently read that Germany took over final assembly from the French. I say the Germans take over the whole operation.
On a side note, the reason Boeing is overtaking Airbus(large aircraft, Airbus still kickin ass with the 320) is that Boeing was able to restructure by laying off thousands, outsourcing work to China. Airbus cant do that, plus they pay there Workers in the Euro, production costs are in the Euro to. Boeing is not doing better because there planes are better... they are doing better because of economic circumstances.
Airbus is still number ONE! All you Boeing suppoters can keep your MADE IN CHINA planes
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Germans taking over the French...I see a trend developing here.
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Germans taking over the French...I see a trend developing here.
Dude, look at the Battle of Agincourt. Not Germans though.
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All of France is in trouble in the employment sector, people work to little, it is impossible to fire people. Many young people graduating university are unemployed because companys dont want to hire people seeing as they cant fire them if they are incompatent.
Lets just hope Germany takes more of the Airbus production over from the frogs. I recently read that Germany took over final assembly from the French. I say the Germans take over the whole operation.
On a side note, the reason Boeing is overtaking Airbus(large aircraft, Airbus still kickin ass with the 320) is that Boeing was able to restructure by laying off thousands, outsourcing work to China. Airbus cant do that, plus they pay there Workers in the Euro, production costs are in the Euro to. Boeing is not doing better because there planes are better... they are doing better because of economic circumstances.
Airbus is still number ONE! All you Boeing suppoters can keep your MADE IN CHINA planes
Actually the new wings ect. are being made in Japan. The reason Boeing is gaining ground is because they went to the best people for the best parts. Airbus just said "we're going to build a plant here and get people to operate it because that country wants us to" meanwhile boeing put out a few contracts and looked through the resumes of other companies to find people that had long experience working in the field. Not saying the airbus guys hired completely incompitent people, but they did let the say of too many people get in the way. Boeing is stepping up because they aren't an oligarchy
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damn, 40 hours would look like a vacation to me!
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