Airbus Canada has reached a labour agreement with the unionised members at its Mirabel, Quebec site, resolving an ongoing dispute as the company looks to ramp up A220 production.

Employees at the site who are represented by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) ratified the tentative agreement by around 77%. The new five-year contract includes wage increases of 23% (as well as subsequent yearly rises and a retroactive element), and improved employee benefits such as extended insurance and pension plan.

Benoît Schultz, CEO of Airbus Canada, explained: “With this new agreement, Airbus Canada and its Mirabel employees are putting in place the winning conditions to ensure the long-term success of the A220, whose production rate is set to almost double over the next two years”.  IAMAW has been approached for comment.

Operations at Airbus’ Mirabel site include programme management, engineering, customer support and services, as well as the programme’s main final assembly line. The facility was extended in 2022 via an additional sub-assembly area. A second smaller A220 line, located alongside the A320 final assembly line in Alabama, also serves the US market.

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