Airbus cuts back UK satellite activity

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Aerospace giant Airbus Defence & Space is to lose jobs in the UK at its Stevenage satellite-building division.

Germany is bearing the brunt of the overall 2,362 job losses, with nearly 830 positions cut. In Spain 630 jobs are going and in France 400 workers are being cut. Some 350 jobs will go in the UK although not all of these job losses will be at the satellite-building divisions at Stevenage and Portsmouth, England.

Airbus said a flat space market and postponed defence contracts were behind the cuts.

The UNITE Trade Union said that some 357 of the losses will be within Airbus space and defence operations.


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