More than 2,000 people took to the streets of Getafe, in the community of Madrid, on Thursday, to protest job cuts announced by Airbus, which will affect 900 employees in the country.
The demonstrators marched from the factory of the aerospace company to the town hall of Getafe, carrying union flags and banners that read «No one leaves here. Zero dismissals» or «For employment and the future of the strategic aerospace sector now!”
Unions demand the Spanish government support the aerospace sector in the face of the crisis, which they say must be the engine of economic recovery in the country:
«This is a strategic sector, it is an essential sector, it is a sector that generates wealth, that generates added value, that the jobs are highly qualified and highly competitive. This sector defends itself. This sector, together with the whole industrial sector, has to be the engine of economic recovery of this country,» said an Airbus union representative.
On June 30th, Airbus announced major job cuts across the company as the aviation industry is being severely affected by the coronavirus outbreak.
The company will reportedly cut 15,000 jobs, equivalent to 17 percent of its workforce, over the next 12 months due to the COVID-19 outbreak that has decimated the industry.