United Technologies' Sikorsky cancels shutdown-related furloughs


NEW YORK, Oct 6 (Reuters) - Military contractor SikorskyAircraft, a division of United Technologies Corp, hascanceled temporary layoffs that had been scheduled to start onMonday, due to the U.S. government shutdown, spokesman PaulJackson said on Sunday.

The move, reported earlier by the Wall Street Journal, camein the wake of the decision by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel torecall most of its own furloughed civilian workers.

Sikorsky, a large military contractor that makes Black Hawkand Seahawk helicopters and other aircraft for all five branchesof the U.S. armed forces, had announced last week that it wouldlay off nearly 2,000 workers beginning Monday, and possibly asmany as 5,000 if the shutdown continued into November.

Sikorsky's Jackson called Hagel's decision "a surprise," andtermed the company's cancellation of furloughs "great news."

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