Business is business. If restructuring, cost cutting, and shedding jobs means staying in business, versus not doing any of those and going out of business, I'm all for doing what it takes to stay in business. And Louis Gallois is not stupid either - he knows this and I think he has the capability to take Airbus in the right direction (that's for another thread, though).
So, I have to ask the question, what on earth do unions expect to achieve with comments such as:
We totally oppose the closure of any site and we won't accept any firings
European Metalworkers Federation
I don't think it's an issue of them getting to oppose closure or accept redundancies. If these things are necessary to halt losses, then I'd most likely tell the unions that it's either some of them lose their jobs now, or eventually all of them lose their jobs further down the line, which seems to be the case here.
And that takes me to the real question...what good are unions in situations like this? As far as I can tell, they serve to simply hold up a necessary business process that is genuinely in the interests of the company. Opposing the moves isn't going to do them any favours and could put them in an even worse situation further down the line.
Your thoughts, please...