November 26, 2009 / 4:25 PM / 10 years ago

Embraer sheds 600 additional employees - union

* Losses come on top of 4,200 cut in February

* Union expects more layoffs to come

SAO PAULO, Nov 26 (Reuters) - Brazilian aircraft maker Embraer (EMBR3.SA)(ERJ.N) has shed another 600 employees from its Sao Jose dos Campos factory, on top of a 20 percent cut in its labor force in February across all units, the city’s metallurgy union confirmed on Thursday.

The union tallied the figure based on the number of certifications for withdrawal between January and November.

Herbert Claros da Silva, the union’s vice president, said there could be additional reductions in other administrative and engineering areas outside the union’s purview.

Embraer has come under pressure to cut costs as demand for aircraft fell due to the global economic crisis.

Chief Financial Officer Luiz Carlos Aguiar said last month that he foresees a 10 percent drop in revenue in 2010.

Embraer was not immediately available for comment.

The Sao Jose dos Campos factories employs about 11,700 people, according to the union.

Embraer says it employs 16,986 people in Brazil and abroad. (Reporting by Alberto Alerigi Jr.; Writing by Luciana Lopez; Editing by John Picinich)

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