Caribbean Airlines extends temporary layoffs

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Caribbean Airlines extends temporary layoffs
RHIANNA MC KENZIE
2020/12/15

Caribbean Airline Ltd (CAL) has extended the temporary layoffs of some of its employees for an additional three months from January 15 to April 15 2021. An internal memo sent to staff by CAL CEO Garvin Medera, obtained by Newsday on Tuesday, said the company must continue to “keep costs (at) an absolute minimum” while they await the reopening of borders.

Head of corporate communications Dionne Ligoure confirmed the extension to Newsday on Tuesday via email. “It is unclear when the borders for TT will reopen,” said the memo, “and it seems likely it will be later than the previously expected date in January.”

The company announced furloughs and salary cuts from October 15 as short-term measures to save the company, which has been struggling since the government closed TT borders in an attempt to curb the spread of the covid19 virus. The memo said financial funding for the foreseeable future was uncertain. It said while the company was reluctant to extend the layoffs, it was necessary to prevent the need for more severe measures.

The memo also said the company informed staff of salary reductions in October for an eight-month period ending in June 2021, which will be carried out as planned for members of staff making more than $7,500 per month. It said the company would continue to cut costs wherever possible, including contractors, temporary workers, and irrelevant allowances.

“As a management team, we continue to monitor the situation for alternative options, or an improvement in the marketplace that would allow the company to operate normally again.” The memo said a decision on additional funding is expected in January. “In the meantime, we are committed to supporting all employees in the company as best we can.”
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Caribbean Airlines employees to remain off the job until April 2021
December 16, 2020

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Some Caribbean Airlines Limited (CAL) employees will remain off the job until April 15, 2021.

The workers were originally to return to work in January 2021, however CAL CEO Garvin Medera told a local T&T publication that a decision was made to extend the layoffs as part of efforts to “ keep costs (at) an absolute minimum” as it awaits the reopening of the country’s borders.

The details of the layoff were explained in a memo sent to staff on Tuesday (December 15) which further said that funding for the foreseeable future was uncertain.

Medera in the memo said that while CAL was reluctant to extend the layoffs noted it was necessary to prevent the need for more severe measures.

“As a management team, we continue to monitor the situation for alternative options, or an improvement in the marketplace that would allow the company to operate normally again,” read the memo.

The memo also reiterated that salary reductions, which staff were informed of in October 2020, would still remain in effect for the eight month period ending in June 2021.

CAL also said other cost saving mechanisms would be implemented wherever possible.
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Three more months! Laid off CAL staff face extended wait to return to work
December 25, 2020

A beleaguered Caribbean Airlines (CAL), whose long-standing yeoman service to the regional air transport industry is often forgotten amidst the slew of service-related criticisms that it has had to face in relatively recent years is still far from putting its problems behind it.

Caribbean Business Report disclosed last week that a recent internal company memorandum has disclosed that the regional air carrier will have to extend the cutoff date for its furloughs and salary cuts to April 15 next year.

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc with the economic well-being of Caribbean Airlines, forcing the company into drastic cost-cutting measures including staff cuts and salary cuts for staff that have been retained. Those measures took effect from October. Last week, a document referred to by Caribbean Business Report as an “internal staff memo” circulated by the company’s Chief Executive Officer, Garvin Medera, gave notice of the extension of the time period for the furloughs and salary cuts, asserting that Caribbean Airlines was seeking to keep costs at an absolute minimum while it awaits the re-opening of Trinidad and Tobago’s borders.
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