Dassault to Cut U.S. Jobs

First time since 1991 that company had to cut jobs

Dassault Aviation said on May 11 that it will cut jobs in the U.S. and send workers in France on forced leave to cope with the economic slowdown.

The terms of the forced leave are under negotiation and should result in about 2,000 production staff in France therefore being laid off for three-and-a-half days a month between the end September and the end of the year, said Charles Edelstenne, Chairman of the aerospace group.

In the U.S., hundreds of jobs will go from the current staff strength there of 2,500 to 3,000.

"The job cuts will be progressive," Edelstenne said at the Business Aviation Exhibition Ebace in Geneva, without specifying a timeline.

The group had informed its staff welfare body that it may impose forced leave in France.

This marks the first time since the aviation sector crisis in 1990-1991, that Dassault has been forced to take such action.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2009

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