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Wednesday, 2 June 2021

Air Canada facing backlash over $10 million bosses bonuses whilst staff are laid off....

Air Canada is facing a backlash from staff, unions and regular travellers after it was revealed that top executives and managers had received $10 million of COVID-19-specific bonuses and special share purchase options in 2020, while the airline has laid off tens of thousands of workers, denied them access to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), and then lobbied the Canadian federal government successfully for a $5.9 billion aid package.

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), the union representing flight attendants at Air Canada calls the firm's excessive executive bonus payouts, whilst lobbying for a bailout and laying off tens of thousands of workers as 'shameless' and 'morally bankrupt.'
Mark Hancock, National President of CUPE said: "Paying out millions in executive bonuses while they kick their workers to the curb and ask the taxpayer to bail them out isn't just wrong, it's morally bankrupt, 

This company has been taking the federal government for a ride and it's our members and the Canadian public who are paying the price. It's long past time for Justin Trudeau to get a grip on this situation."



Wesley Lesosky, President of the Air Canada Component of CUPE said: "This has been a long and difficult year for our members, but this truly feels like we're being kicked when we're already down.

Our employer turned their back on us, they refused to give us the lifeline the government offered through CEWS, and then they lined their own pockets. It's just shameless. What makes it even worse is the federal government has just sat there and let it all happen."




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Wednesday, 14 April 2021

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) bemoans federal government’s $5.9 billion aid package for Air Canada

The Canadian Union of Public Employees CUPE reacts to the recently announced $5.9 billion aid package for Air Canada, which it says is bad news for the carriers cabin crew and breaks the governments own commitments to staff.

"We had a commitment from the Trudeau government that any relief money for the airline sector would flow directly to support workers, and that commitment is not reflected in this agreement," said CUPE National President Mark Hancock. "This deal is exactly what we feared a deal cooked up behind closed doors would look like: it’s a year late, no transparency, and not nearly enough to support the thousands of flight attendants still reeling from the impacts of the pandemic."

"This announcement is good news for our 2,000 members still working at Air Canada and for the stability of the company going forward, but it’s tough to think this is what we waited 13 months for,” said Wesley Lesosky, President of the Air Canada Component of CUPE. "This announcement leaves over 7,500 of my members with no answers and no income supports."

The $5.9 billion aid package provides long term support for the national carrier which had been hard hit by the pandemic and the resulting downturn in passenger numbers. Michael Rousseau, President and Chief Executive Officer of Air Canada said:  "The additional liquidity program - achieves several aligned objectives as it provides a significant layer of insurance for Air Canada, it enables us to better resolve customer refunds of non-refundable tickets, maintain our workforce and re-enter regional markets. Most importantly, this program provides additional liquidity, if required, to rebuild our business to the benefit of all stakeholders and to remain a significant contributor to the Canadian economy through its recovery and for the long term."  The airline has already changed direction on its previous refund policy for passengers that had had flights cancelled because of the pandemic, who now will be able to get a refund, thanks to the bailout.





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