United Airlines Plans to Lay off 16,000 Workers in October

The American company United Airlines, affected by the “devastating impact” of Covid-19 on air transport, said on Wednesday that it planned to lay off 16,000 employees in October, unless a new aid program was adopted from here there in Congress.

“The pandemic has hit us deeper and longer than almost any expert had anticipated, and in an environment where travel demand remains so depressed, United cannot continue with a workforce that significantly exceeds our level of activity. “, wrote the group in a message sent to AFP.

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“An extension [of government aid] would be the only thing that can prevent layoffs on October 1,” adds the company while calling on its employees to put pressure on their political representatives.

Pressures for a new support plan
The major airlines have in fact benefited from a total envelope of $ 25 billion in the United States from the government in March, in exchange for which they had pledged not to cut jobs until September 30. .

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and House Democrat Leader Nancy Pelosi got in touch on Tuesday evening.

“Unfortunately, this phone call made it clear that Democrats and the White House continue to have serious differences over the gravity of the situation facing working American families,” Pelosi said in a statement.

United Airlines had warned in early July that it could fire a total of up to 36,000 employees. The company subsequently offered plans for voluntary departures, early retirement or part-time work.

“But unfortunately, all of our efforts to cut costs, increase debt and offer voluntary programs have not been enough to completely avoid redundancies,” the company said on Tuesday.

 

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The American company United Airlines, affected by the "devastating impact" of Covid-19 on air transport, said on Wednesday that it planned to lay off 16,000 employees in October, unless a new aid program was adopted from here there in Congress.

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