Sumary of Qantas warns staff to brace for standdowns if lockdowns continue:
- Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce has warned staff to brace for the potential of renewed stand downs, as closed borders and lockdowns smash domestic travel.
- Now, adding in the Victorian and South Australian lockdowns, the Qantas boss said the airline had reduced domestic capacity to less than 40 per cent of what it was pre-COVID.
- Mr Joyce said he was hopeful that lockdowns would end soon, allowing the airline to get back up to 60 per cent of pre-COVID domestic capacity by August and 80 to 90 per cent by spring.
- Qantas CEO Alan Joyce delivered the grim warning of potential standdowns in an email to staff.
- “Mr Joyce said that staff would then be forced to rely on whatever government support was available to maintain some income.
- COVID ‘endpoint not far away’The Australian Services Union (ASU), which represents many Qantas staff, used the email to renew its calls for JobKeeper to be reinstated.
- “It’s time for the Prime Minister to stop delaying and urgently reintroduce the JobKeeper economic support that got us through the crisis last year.
- Read moreMs Gaske said that 78 per cent of Qantas workers were totally reliant on JobKeeper during last year’s lockdown, and 72 per cent said they would not have been able to support their families without the payment.