About half of flight attendants for main airline and Air Canada Rouge will be affected
Air Canada is set to lay off more than 5,100 cabin crew members because of a dramatic drop in aviation-related COVID the 19th plague, the CBC has learned.
According to the March 19 letter from Renee Smith-Valade, vice president of airline in-flight services, said Air Canada has a “choice” but the staff cut, calling the move a “difficult but necessary.”
Canadian Union of Public Employees, which represents Air Canada flight attendants, confirmed the news, said the layoffs would affect about 3,600 Air Canada crew members and all the 1,549 members who work for the airline Rouge child.
Which represents about half of the 10,000 members of the crew is currently working at Air Canada and Air Canada Rouge.
“In the time I have never seen layoffs like this,” said Wesley Lesosky, president of the CUPE Air Canada component.
“I’ve never really been through personal layoffs in the airline so far, so this is pretty extreme.”
Smith-Valade memo saying that Air Canada flight is planned for April has been cut by nearly 80 percent as governments around the world have asked their citizens to stay at home in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19. He said he hopes the layoffs will only be temporary.
According to the union, the layoffs will be effective until at least 30 April Those affected will be able to collect employment insurance.
Air Canada flight attendants mainstream based in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal.
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