The Canadian Union of Public Staff says 128 Air Transat flight attendants — greater than half of the present workforce of attendants — have been notified final week that they are going to be quickly laid off and that the airline’s Vancouver base can be closed as a stop-gap measure.
CUPE says final week’s layoffs go away solely 117 flight attendants working for the month of November, down from 245 flight attendants working in October, 355 in August and a pair of,000 earlier than the COVID-19 pandemic.
Christophe Hennebelle, Transat AT’s vp of human sources and company affairs, says that whereas no flight attendants have been completely let go, the corporate is processing “quite a lot of momentary layoffs.”
Hennebelle says the corporate can’t verify whole numbers earlier than everybody has been knowledgeable, however that 128 flight attendants have been informed of the change final week.
In whole, the airline says it now has about 1,700 lively workers, down from 5,100 earlier than the pandemic.
The airline attributed the choice to an absence of bettering prospects for the trade amid Canada’s border closures and a dearth of help applications for airways.