Airbus furloughs 3,200 UK staff at its Broughton factory in Wales

In hope of keeping Airbus and Air France globally competitive

Plane maker Airbus has furloughed 3,200 UK staff at its Broughton factory in Wales after the CEO announced the firm is ‘bleeding cash at an unprecedented speed.’

‘Airbus confirms it has agreed with its social partners to apply the government’s Job Retention Scheme for approximately 3,200 production and production-support employees at its commercial aircraft site in Broughton,’ the firm said in a statement.

Britain’s job retention scheme allows employers to claim cash grants up to 80 per cent of wages, a maximum £2,500 per worker.

Airbus will top up gross salaries to bring the total up to 85-90 per cent of pay, in accordance with an agreement signed with trade union representatives.

The north Wales factory which assembles wings.

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