By: Air Traveller PH Staff
Troubled Hong Kong Airlines recently retrenched more than 160 of its employees, mostly crew, as it finds ways and means to cut loses. However, the affected employees demanded severance pay as reports are saying that only standard wages would count.
In a report by the Ch-Aviation, Hong Kong Airlines previously said that it would be axing 400 jobs last February 7 as as the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has intensified the airline's financials already and months of civil unrest. On February 19, the airline told its employees that a "recent review of its operational requirements" would accelerate many of these dismissals. On February 20, airline management held close-door meetings with almost 80 of the staff explaining the lay-off details and their severance packages effective one month after receipt of notice.
Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions chairwoman Carol Ng told the South China Morning Post that severance pay will take into account the employees' base salary only. She said that employees complained that they could no longer access their internal company portals that list salary and overtime details.
February 19, Hong Kong Airlines also said that it is slashing inflight meals and some comfort amenities as a way to curb costs.