You are here

Brazil's Embraer to furlough 15,000 workers ahead of Boeing deal

nz_embraer_111032.jpg
Brazilian planemaker Embraer SA will furlough almost 15,000 workers in January, the company said, ahead of a partial takeover by Boeing, a deal that still needs regulatory approval.

[SAO PAULO] Brazilian planemaker Embraer SA will furlough almost 15,000 workers in January, the company said, ahead of a partial takeover by Boeing, a deal that still needs regulatory approval.

Salaries will be paid as normal during the furlough, which will last between Jan. 6 and Jan 20, according to the company, as well as the metalworkers union representing several thousand of Embraer's workers.

Boeing has agreed to buy 80 per cent of Embraer's commercial plane division for US$4.75 billion, a deal approved by shareholders and the Brazilian government but which is undergoing an intensive regulatory investigation in Europe.

"The objective [of the furlough] is to implement the internal segregation of the commercial aviation business," Embraer said in a statement.

It is unlikely that the deal will have received regulatory approval by Jan 20 as European authorities have set a Feb 20 deadline to issue their decision on the deal. The company said that workers will return to their normal functions at Embraer, without any Boeing involvement, until the deal is approved.

Your feedback is important to us

Tell us what you think. Email us at btuserfeedback@sph.com.sg

Embraer said this month that it expects the deal to close in early 2020, in the wake of the additional regulatory scrutiny. Previously, Embraer had said the deal would close by the end of 2019.

REUTERS

BT is now on Telegram!

For daily updates on weekdays and specially selected content for the weekend. Subscribe to t.me/BizTimes