Air New Zealand extinguished nearly 400 pilots as the airline struggled with a coronavirus
- Air New Zealand told the country’s pilot union that nearly 400 pilots would be laid off
- The cuts are part of a move to cut labor to 3750 to survive the pandemic
- The New Zealand Airline Pilots Association is negotiating with Air NZ to reduce cuts
- That happened when the aviation industry around the world struggled after COVID-19
Like most airlines, the airline has been severely hit by the pandemic and inherent restrictions, because world demand for domestic and international travel has stalled.
The New Zealand Airline Pilots Association (NZALPA), which represents 1,520 airline pilots, said the company had told the union that it intended to make 387 pilots redundant.
Air New Zealand has fallen victim to the latest aviation industry from the coronavirus crisis as it prepares to lay off 3,750 employees
NZALPA President Andrew Ridling said it was in negotiations with Air New Zealand and would struggle to open a clear path back to the company for pilots who might want to return later.
“Because we have worked closely with the airline for the past three weeks, NZALPA will continue to negotiate to get this amount reduced and complete the agreement process,” he said, Tuesday, Goods report.
‘NZALPA is adamant that 387 redundancy is not the final number. Now we continue the strong and comprehensive consultation process required in the Labor Relations Act and our special collective agreement. ‘
A spokesman for Air New Zealand will not comment on the pilot’s redundancy specifically but said it had entered into a consultation process with staff to reduce the size of the workforce by up to 3,500 roles.
“It is hoped that Air New Zealand will become a much smaller airline for some time even beyond the initial impact of Covid-19,” he told the Australian Daily Mail.
“We understand that this is a very difficult time for many New Zealanders.”
Staff received e-mails on Monday describing lost pilot jobs, with those most affected by either first or second officers.
That follows an e-mail, Air New Zealand chief executive Greg Foran, who was sent to staff last week warning that the airline’s workforce will be reduced by 30 percent over the next 12 months.
He said the redundancy would be followed up as a basis for first, first entry.
Before the COVID-19 outbreak, Air New Zealand had around 12,500 staff worldwide, but many employees were now inactive because the company had reduced its international capacity by around 95 percent and landed nearly half of its fleet.
The pandemic had forced Air New Zealand to land nearly half of its fleet
Last month, Air NZ applied for government assistance and was given two loan reserves worth $ 900 million dollars.
Similar redundancies were carried out across the Tasman sea, when Virgin Australia flew its entire fleet of 125 aircraft last month and withdrew about 8,000 of its 10,000 staff members without being paid.
Meanwhile, Qantas sent two-thirds of its 30,000 workforce off the runway, with NZALPA also having fears 127 Qantas pilots and 81 Jetstar pilots could lose their jobs.
On March 18, the Australian government announced a $ 715 million aid package to be given to the airline industry following news the country’s aircraft carrier, Qantas, could completely collapse.
Virgin Australia, which had fought before the outbreak, appealed to the government for $ 1.4 billion in bail last week but was refused.
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