EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: Germany
Location of affected unit(s): Hamburg, Buxtehude, Fuhlshüttel, Bremen, Stade


Sector: Manufacturing
Manufacture of transport equipment
30.3 - Manufacture of air and spacecraft and related machinery
Number Employed: 46000
Group: Airbus

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 08-07-2020
Planned Job Reductions min: 3175
Planned Job Reductions max: 5100
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring
Employment Effect Start: 08-07-2020
Other Job Reduction Measures: 3175

Additional Information

As confirmed on 8 July 2020, the aircraft manufacturer Airbus will cut 3,175 jobs in Germany as a part of an international internal restructuring programme related to COVID-19. According to Airbus, this number could rise to up to 5,100 if the short-time working allowance is not extended for 24 months. Some 2,325 jobs will be cut in Hamburg, Buxtehude and Fuhlshüttel; 445 jobs are to be shed in Bremen, 365 in Stade and another 40 jobs among other locations. IG Metall strongly opposes those plans and calls for the Federal Government to support employees.

Protests are taking place at all affected plants. Negotiations on a social plan and timeframe will be initiated soon.

Currently, Airbus has 46,000 employees in Germany.