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BERLIN, (Reuters) – The German Labour Union IG Metall called for strike action at Airbus and Premium Aerotec in protest over a dispute regarding the business’ future structure.

Daniel Friedrich, IG Metall’s district leader said Wednesday that if there is not a solution quickly this would become a major dispute.

It centers around a restructuring announced by Airbus in April. The Premium Aerotec unit of Airbus in Germany was to be separated. A portion would be combined with other Airbus production plants.

Airbus claims that the unit is currently losing money and could be sold to other companies or customers in another industry. This would allow Airbus to better utilize its workforce.

IG Metall demanded that Airbus stop its plans to hive the business. It makes parts for military and commercial aircraft. There are approximately 3,500 people employed in the business.

IG Metall claimed that workers would protest Thursday and had planned a virtual rally for Friday.

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