Aeronautics: subcontractors in danger due to the fall in air transport

Aeronautics: subcontractors in danger due to the fall in air transport

The aeronautics sector has been suffering for months, due to the coronavirus epidemic. Subcontractors are the first affected, as in the Somme, where a company, deprived of orders, has launched a layoff plan.

Aeronautics: subcontractors in danger due to the fall in air transport

In Albert (Somme), from 5 a.m., Thursday 12 November, employees striking gathered in front of their aeronautics subcontracting plant, which is in danger of closing. Above all, they seek to obtain dismissal conditions that would allow them to bounce back. “I have three years of seniority. I did the math, I’m at 1,200; it is very light. I have a child to feed, I have just built in the area. All that, you have to pay for it now ”, deplores Read Tita, fitter fitter at Simra.

The industry is suffering

80% of their company’s activity is based on orders from an Airbus subsidiary, Stelia. They specialize in cockpit windshields and aircraft floors. But, with the health crisis and the fall of air transport, their main customer is himself in difficulty. The whole industry is suffering today. At the end of the chain, subcontractors are among the first to lose their jobs: the 15 billion euros released by the State to help the sector will not have saved the 124 jobs at Simra.