By: Flyhigh Manila Staff
Qatar Airways has announced to its employees that it will be putting a number of its staff, including quite a number of cabin crew, to "redundant". However based on a leaked memo, it says that the airline will be paying "all contractual dues and outstanding overtime payments, as applicable."
Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker said, "the truth is, we simply cannot sustain the current staff numbers and will need to make a substantial number of jobs redundant, inclusive of cabin crew."
While no specific number as to how many cabin crew will be affected has been officially announced nor detailed, unconfirmed rumors said that it may "be by the thousands", Then again, these are just rumors.
In a report from A Fly Guy's Cabin Crew Lounge, many staff that will be let go over the coming weeks will not be able to return to their home countries due to travel bans. While these people will have lost employment pay, the airline did highlight it will be providing housing and "a special living allowance" until such staff can repatriate to their home country.
Qatar Airways presently employs quite a number of Filipino cabin crew.
A leaked memo has been circulating, also reported by Reuters.
This is a developing story.