By Deirdre Tynan • 20 May 2021 • 8:26
The Airbus A400M.
AIRBUS is moving to close its Puerto Real plant in Cadiz as part of its post-coved restructuring plan.
The multinational aerospace company is in talks with unions to merge Puerto Real with the nearby Bay of Cadiz facility in what could be the first major closure of an Airbus factory in 50 years.
The hi-tech Puerto Real plant employs 350 people and the Bay of Cadiz facility has 460 employees. Cadiz has one of Spain’s highest rates of joblessness with one in four adults unemployed and the proposed closure of Puerto Real would impact the local economy badly.
Union representatives said they would fight the move and have demanded that Airbus continue to invest in the plant.
“We won’t allow the company to close any plants until we see investments, new work packages, and higher levels of employment than pre-pandemic,” said Juan Antonio Vazquez of the UGT union.
“We’ll work with the government to favour an industrial climate which pushes strategic sectors in places like Cadiz, to maintain both the local economy and the whole supply chain,” he added.
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Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.
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