Unite, Britain and Ireland’s largest union representing aerospace workers, expressed bitter disappointment at the news that Airbus would be ceasing production of the iconic superjumbo A380.

Responding to the news, Unite, which represents workers at Airbus sites in Broughton, North Wales and Filton near Bristol, in addition to workers in supply chain companies such as GKN, said it would be seeking assurances on jobs and future work.

Commenting Unite national officer for aerospace Rhys McCarthy said: “This is a sad day for Airbus’ dedicated UK workforce who have made the iconic A380’s wings since it entered service in 2007. It is a much loved aircraft manufactured by a highly skilled workforce.

“Unite will be seeking urgent assurances from Airbus that there will be no job losses because of the decision to end production of the A380. We are of the firm belief that with a full order book in single aisle planes, such as the A320, that our members affected can be redeployed on to other work in Airbus.

“Our members in the supply chain making many of the parts for the A380 are also our key concern. Over the coming days we will be engaging closely with companies such as GKN to ensure any impact is minimal as we offer our full support to some of the best aerospace workers in the world.”


For more information please contact Alex Flynn Unite head of media and campaigns on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869. 

Notes to editors:

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.