Labor Unrest and Nationalism Hit Airbus

The airplane maker is hearing warnings from labor and politicians that its cost-cutting plans could provoke trouble

Could the European Aeronautics Defence & Space Co. (EADS) be headed for more turbulence from its troubled Airbus subsidiary? As Airbus prepares a plan to slash billions in operating costs, German politicians and labor unions are already warning that big cuts in the plane maker's German payroll could provoke disruptive labor protests and even the possible loss of German defense contracts.

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