ArianeGroup protesters aren’t angry at management, they’re worried management is powerless against market changes

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — At first glance, the Oct. 4 demonstration by ArianeGroup employees outside the company’s Vernon, France, facility looked like any other labor union protest. But it wasn’t.

This time, the labor unions organizing the strike were not criticizing management for the decision to reduce staff by 600 positions, but rather expressing real fear of whether the rocket manufacturer can survive over the long term.

The CFE-CGC-ArianeGroup union collective produced a four-page analysis of the Ariane 6 rocket’s market prospects . . .

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