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State must protect Luxair jobs

14.03.2012 From our online archive
A union has called for the government to intervene in the restructuring of the country's airline in a bid to protect employees.

(JB) A union has called for the government to intervene in the restructuring of the country's airline in a bid to protect employees.

LCGB today called for a tripartite meeting involving Luxair chiefs, heads of state and union officials.

It said in a press statement that such a meeting would “aim to analyse the impact of structural changes envisaged by Luxair on jobs and employees and would find necessary solutions to ensure the protection of employees concerned.”

Jobloss fears were raised by the union in response to Luxair's recent structural review for the future development of the company. LCGB called for a transparent approach to any structural changes and for a guarantee that staff would not be negatively affected by any changes.

Given that the Luxembourg government is a majority shareholder of Luxair, LCGB said: “The state must assume its social responsibility to offer solutions tailored to ensure both the proper development of Luxair as a company and to safeguard jobs at Findel."

Luxair has seen profits decline during the last two years. In 2009 losses were predicted at around 14.6 million euros meanwhile during the first half of 2010, the Association of European Airline data recorded a 2.6% fall in passenger numbers.

In 2009, board chairman Marc Hoffmann stressed that no jobs would be axed.