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Unions concerned about Virgin Blue job cuts

Posted on 06/30/2019 | in 深圳桑拿网 | by

Unions say they are confident Virgin Blue will be able to ride out turbulent times in the airline industry, after the company announced it would cut up to 400 jobs from its Australian workforce.

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But they are concerned about the effect the airline\’s planned restructure will have on the airline\’s staff and their families.

Virgin Blue confirmed last night it would cut up to 400 jobs from its Australian workforce and remove eight per cent of capacity or as many as five aircraft from its domestic fleet in the coming financial year.

The company said it would consider all possibilities, including job-sharing and shifting some staff to international start-up V Australia, before sacking workers.

Transport Workers Union national secretary Tony Sheldon said the union would be holding urgent meetings with the company today.

“It is a very worrying morning for many people at Virgin Blue,” he told ABC Television.

The restructure was a strategic decision aimed at shoring up profit in the next half-year.

“We\’re confident, they\’ll be able to achieve (that),” Mr Sheldon said, adding the company was well placed to cope with challenges facing the airline industry.

Qantas restructures flight schedule

News of Virgin\’s planned cutbacks came only hours after Qantas announced a restructure of its flight schedule.

Low-cost offshoot Jetstar will replace the flying kangaroo throughout New Zealand\’s domestic market from June 10 and the schedules for China and India will be overhauled.

Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce remained positive despite the changes.

“These changes are about adjusting our schedules to meet the needs of those markets alongside our own need to generate reasonable returns on our operations,” Mr Joyce said in a statement.

Qantas will also cut its Melbourne-Shanghai and Sydney-Beijing flights, but the Sydney-Shanghai service will be increased from five flights per week to seven from March 31.

Mr Joyce said the decision to pull the legacy carrier out of New Zealand\’s domestic market was built on the “unique” dynamics of the market.

“We need to be flexible to ensure we remain competitive.

“This means applying our two brand strategy and utilising the right airline, with the right cost base and product for the right market, to offer competitive, sustainable services.”

Singapore Airlines to cut capacity

The airline\’s announcement comes amid continuing dire news from the aviation sector.

On Monday, Singapore Airlines confirmed it would cut capacity by 11 per cent from April.

It will also decommission 17 planes.

“The drop in air transportation has been sharp and swift,” Singapore Airlines chief executive Chew Choon Seng said.

“Given the falls of over 20 per cent that we have seen recently in air cargo shipments, and the tradition of demand for air travel following closely behind trends on the cargo side of the business, we have to face the reality that 2009 is going to be a very difficult year.”

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