Airbus employees in France will increase

For some, it is the strongest salary increase in twenty years at Airbus, and the most important in the sector. For the rest, this increase in remuneration granted by the world number one in aeronautics will not allow inflation to be reached. The mandatory annual negotiations ended on Tuesday March 22 with an agreement between the management and three unions: FO, CFE-CGC and CFTC.

Employees will benefit from an increase of 6.8% in two years, divided into two tranches. Between July 2022 and June 2023, the compensation increase for Airbus commercial aviation staff may reach 3.9%, including an overall increase of 2% and an individual increase of 1.9%. As of July 2023, employee compensation will benefit from a new boost of 1%, to which an individual increase of 1.9% can be added.

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According to our information, employees of the other divisions of the group, Airbus Defense & Space and Airbus Helicopters, should be entitled to increases of 7% and 6.6%, respectively, between 2022 and 2023. For some unions, the management is “far”, regrets in particular Patrice Thébault, CGT central trade union representative of Airbus commercial aviation. According to him, the increase in wages “cannot catch up with inflation”forecast by the Banque de France between 3.7% and 4.4% in 2022. Dominique Delbouis, FO coordinator of the Airbus group, argues that “more than 80% of employees will benefit from individual raises”. According to the agreement, the individual increase for workers cannot be less than 45 euros per month, while for executives it will be at least 100 euros.

“Review Clause”

To deal with the evolution of the economic situation, very unstable at the end of the Covid-19 pandemic and due to the war in Ukraine, the agreement concluded includes a “review clause” that is conditional on inflation and the situation of the company. . For his part, the FO coordinator recalls that the unions and the management have already planned “Renegotiate salaries in March 2023 for the 2023-2024 period”.

The union also points to the 4.2 billion euros of profits made by the group in 2021 and especially the 1.2 billion euros paid to shareholders in the form of dividends.

At the beginning of the salary negotiations, FO had tried to obtain from management a 4% salary increase for 2022. A request rejected by Airbus. In addition to the pay increases, employees will receive a profit-sharing bonus of 3,692 euros gross, to which a nearly equivalent amount of profit-sharing bonus should be added in the coming weeks, says Delbouis. Dissatisfied, the CGT denounces “Airbus salary policy, which is actually a reduction in the purchasing power of employees”. she makes it known “Bonuses are not salary, and [qu’]they do not allow career development”.

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