20 000 layoffs: a tactical Air Canada to get more financial aid?

20 000 licenciements: une tactique d’Air Canada pour avoir plus d'aide financière?

The announcement of a wave of 20 000 future lay-offs at Air Canada serves it room to negotiate financial assistance from the federal government?

The plan of salary support for businesses to enable them to hold out during the outbreak of COVID-19 does not, apparently, for Air Canada, believes Mehran Ebrahimi, a specialist in aeronautics and professor of management Sciences at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM).

“Air Canada needs more than that to try to maintain its cash very, very interesting,” said Mehran Ebrahimi in an interview broadcast on LCN, Saturday. It may be a kind of trial balloon to attempt to accelerate the talks, and if there is, for the support of the government. ”

If it is indeed a tactic, then Justin Trudeau has he bitten? During his update on the situation of the novel coronavirus in Canada, on Saturday, the prime minister recalled the existence of the wage subsidy program, but has not closed the door to financial aid more substantial for airlines.

“We’re going to work with all kinds of sectors, all kinds of companies to ensure that they can get through this pandemic. We are going to speak with Air Canada and other airlines to see what are the options to support their tens of thousands of workers, ” said Mr. Trudeau.

Australia, the United States and european countries have injected billions of dollars to help the aviation.

The “mayday” of the flight attendants

Of 19 000 to 22 800 persons at risk of losing their employment with Air Canada, which is 50 to 60% of the workforce, many would undoubtedly agents of the board, such as the health crisis forces the air operator to allow 200 devices nailed to the ground, and not to exploit than 5% of its capacity of travel.

The canadian Union of public employees (CUPE) which represents the flight attendants, who constitute nearly a quarter of the workforce at Air Canada. CUPE has told TVA News do everything to ” protect the jobs of its 10,000-member flight attendants. ”

“We are currently negotiating mitigation measures, and other items with the employer “, says one.

It makes sure that the employees find themselves in a time of uncertainty, fear and anxiety. VAT News went to the encounter of two employees met at the headquarters of Air Canada Montreal.

“It is sure that it is stressful. We don’t know what will happen yet. The climate is still tense. Everyone is stressed, ” said one employee.

“It is a shock. There is a lot of uncertainty. There has been a wave of cuts. Now, it looks even more, ” said another employee.


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