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Pilots getting retrenched

It is amazing that only few years ago we are hearing that the huge shortages that we are about to face with pilots.  Many around the world are retiring and it is expensive to become a pilot, so they were struggling to recruit new young pilots.  Of course, that situation will turn around later, but one of the world’s biggest airlines, and I am not going to talk about all the problems that South African Airways always have, because that is just a never-ending drama, has just notified their pilots that retrenchments are  coming. Delta Airlines have encouraged 7,900 of their older pilots to accept an early retirement package, and then have notified another 2,600 pilots that depending on how many of the 7,900 accept the early retirement package, some of them may need to be laid off.  It is important to understand, in a country like America, when you are laid off there is not really any payment.  They just lay you off and that’s that – there is no system of one month plus one week’s notice per year that you worked, etc – another area where South African businesses struggle to compete on an international basis because of our laws.  Employees might like them, but it keeps a large percentage of the country unemployed and that then has its impact on crime.

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Helen  said:
on Thursday 13-Aug-20 08:04 AM
It is very sad that pandemic is affecting Airways so much and lots of qualified pilots and cabin crew members are forced to lay down or being retrenched. From SA articles looks like SA government is offering retrenchment packages to pilots, which are very good news. But what about those who will be without job and no income?

brumilde  said:
on Tuesday 04-Aug-20 01:35 PM
It's sad when you read about things like this. It really takes time, money and hard work to become a pilot, also you are responsible for the lives of others. Stop bailing out SAA. Or give it to people who know how to manage

Nicolle  said:
on Tuesday 04-Aug-20 10:20 AM
That is unfortunate. I know that so many industries are suffering at the hand of this "pandemic". One can only hope for a more prosperous, safer future going forward.

Sinead  said:
on Friday 31-Jul-20 04:37 PM
It's funny to think that as you say a few years ago people must have thought being a pilot will be great because other people are always traveling. And now look....

I have a pilot friend and hope that his job is still secure. Luckily he isn't an international pilot

Joyce  said:
on Thursday 30-Jul-20 03:58 PM
it is sad news people losing their jobs. Covid 19 really taking control of the world.

Prishani  said:
on Tuesday 28-Jul-20 10:42 AM
It no doubt takes skill and loads of practical exams to be a pilot. Early retirement is not an ideal way to want to end a career! Especially if you have invested so much of time and money in it!

Jessica  said:
on Tuesday 28-Jul-20 09:29 AM
Very sad news. I mean these are very qualified people that now need to find a desk bound job for now. So very sad.

Franzelle   said:
on Tuesday 28-Jul-20 07:53 AM
It so sad to see how badly people are being affected due to the Covid 19 pandemic. Hopefully these will come to an end and everything will be back to normal.

Brenda Strydom   said:
on Tuesday 28-Jul-20 07:37 AM
It's really terrible to see what is going on in the Wold with this Virus its very sad.Hopefully soon everything will go back to normal.

Kayla  said:
on Tuesday 21-Jul-20 04:37 PM
Retrenchment is no joke. It really influences your life. My heart goes out to every family that has to go through this especially in South Africa with the state that our country is currently in. Hopefully soon one can pick up the pieces and start over again but even this is not easy.

Chante  said:
on Tuesday 21-Jul-20 03:47 PM
I read an article about this the other day which said that talks between SAA pilots and the Department of Public Enterprises about voluntary retrenchment packages have collapsed ahead of a crucial vote this week by creditors on the business rescue plan for the troubled airline. The department, which is the sole SAA shareholder, has accused the airline’s 617 pilots of being unreasonable and greedy, saying they have proposed alternative retrenchment packages that disproportionately benefit them over 4,091 other workers. The retrenchment packages offered to SAA pilots won’t be improved, which is a sign that both parties are on a collision course about the rescue of an airline that is in the throes of business rescue.

Ashleigh  said:
on Tuesday 21-Jul-20 02:51 PM
I can imagine that this is happening. My husband works in the distribution part of the liquor industry and we are also stressing now.

Colleen Kaufmann  said:
on Tuesday 21-Jul-20 09:13 AM
We are essentially fighting two pandemics and a balance of interest needs to be struck between being ''safe'' at home, but not being able to pay for said home due to the economic destruction that the virus is causing.

thembi  said:
on Friday 17-Jul-20 07:44 AM
It is bad this retrenchment and so many people donnot have a job no more. The economy over the world is bad. It is bad if this happens and no money to pay

sandra  said:
on Friday 17-Jul-20 07:43 AM
A close friend of mine who is a Pilot for Emirates was recently retrenched and he has years of experience, it is very sad to see. A lot of people around me also speak of retrenchments, how long it will take to get back to normal (if ever) who knows?

Daniella  said:
on Thursday 16-Jul-20 04:06 PM
Its really sad the effects the virus has had on the world - its really quite scary how quickly things can change and alter. I truly hope that a vaccination is found soon.

Clare  said:
on Monday 13-Jul-20 04:55 PM
Life is getting very hard for everyone, This Covid-19 situation has got everyone up in arms and stressed about tomorrow. I do believe that we will be fine and we just need to have hope and faith.

Claudia B  said:
on Monday 13-Jul-20 04:31 PM
It's really so sad to hear how many people are being retrenched at the moment,
And it's a big struggle for the traveling industry, I don't think the traveling side will pick up soon to be honest.

Megan  said:
on Monday 13-Jul-20 02:00 PM
I heard employees being retrenched, their packages will include varsity entrance fee to study in a new field. Not sure how true that is, and how old the staff are and if they'd be willing to study something else. I think employed people should be very grateful for the work they have, times will be tough for a long time.

Bianca Niemann   said:
on Monday 13-Jul-20 09:44 AM
It's really terrible to hear. I can't imagine the fear of knowing that you may not have a job for much longer, especially during this time.

Victoria  said:
on Friday 10-Jul-20 10:40 AM
Very sad listening to how so many people are losing their jobs during this pandemic. People who have their jobs still must just be so grateful to still have an income. The travel industry has really been hit hard during these troubling times.

Courtney  said:
on Wednesday 08-Jul-20 10:22 AM
It's terrible hearing what happens to businesses and people due to the Covid-19 situation, We're so blessed to still have a job and salary's.
I really do hope everything gets back to normal by this time next year.

Natasha  said:
on Wednesday 08-Jul-20 09:51 AM
This is Horrible,this pandemic is really throwing our lives upside down. Its so sad. I don't want to know what the future is holding.

Shristi  said:
on Wednesday 08-Jul-20 09:10 AM
This pandemic has really hit the travel and hospitality industry quite hard. But who would have thought that such a skilled profession would be one trouble.

Melissa  said:
on Wednesday 08-Jul-20 07:49 AM
This is so sad to read and I just wish that everything can go back to normal as this pandemic is taking over our lives. Never thought that they will come to that point to retrench pilots

Michelle D  said:
on Tuesday 07-Jul-20 05:49 PM
All pilots at the moment are struggling. There's just not enough demand and running an airline is expensive even if you ignore the costs of maintaining employees. A friend of mine works for a local South African airline and is only earning 50% of his monthly salary despite him flying regularly. He is honestly just happy that he has a job.

Jolene   said:
on Tuesday 07-Jul-20 05:34 PM
Covid-19 has a massive impact on the travel and tourism industry. So many people have already lost their jobs. Businesses are fighting to keep their doors open.

Tamaryn  said:
on Tuesday 07-Jul-20 03:31 PM
It's sad to think that one of the most skilled and reputable careers have been so drastically affected. Certainly it's not the only career, sector or job force that's been affected, but there was always something about pilots that I held in quite high esteem. To think a lot are being laid off/ grounded is terrible for them.

Kendall  said:
on Tuesday 07-Jul-20 03:28 PM
This is a scary thought. My cousin is a pilot in Hong Kong and it is definitely true that it is very expensive to become a qualified pilot. It also takes many years to get the necessary experience required for the profession. It is sad to think of all those people who have invested so much time and money in becoming a pilot, will find themselves unemployed. Covid-19 will continue having devastating effects on all sectors of the economy.

Ziyanda  said:
on Tuesday 07-Jul-20 02:31 PM
This is really bad news. I just hope that by the time my brother passes his CPL the economy would be recovering because it is expensive to invest in becoming a Pilot.

Mathilda  said:
on Tuesday 07-Jul-20 02:19 PM
This is the sad reality of the impact this pandemic has on some industries.
We will continue to see how this pandemic has changed life as we know it long after and we will have to learn a new “normal”.

Danielle  said:
on Tuesday 07-Jul-20 02:18 PM
The travel and accommodation has been hit really hard with the Covid19.It is sad that a lot of people in these industries will be affected and probably will be affected for some time to come.

Zindy  said:
on Tuesday 07-Jul-20 02:11 PM
This Covid 19 has had a huge impact on every sector and party involved in a way weather it be the hospitals being understaffed exhausted to the many other companies having to close doors or retrench staff it has defiantly been a crippling time for many people around the world and as a result crime has indeed increased drastically.

Lourien  said:
on Tuesday 07-Jul-20 02:04 PM
Covid-19 is having a detrimental effect on so many companies and jobs around the world. I never thought that the world would face such a drastic change in such a short time. The economy needs to open and needs to pick up as soon as possible. We need to open travel not just for the pilots but for people to start traveling and the economy to recover. There is still a long road ahead.

Bianca Taljaard  said:
on Tuesday 07-Jul-20 01:57 PM
It so sad to see how badly people are being affected due to the Covid 19 pandemic. These really are very hard times.

Alexis  said:
on Tuesday 07-Jul-20 01:38 PM
Travel has been hit very hard by this pandemic. It is not surprising that pilots face the same situation that travel agents, flight attendants etc are facing now as well. These are very hard times, and I do hope that once everything is in the clear, that people are able to resume to where they once were.

Roxanne  said:
on Tuesday 07-Jul-20 01:26 PM
Its really sad to see how this epidemic has affected everyone. A lot of professions are taking a knock and its sad that it doesn't give hope for the future

Angelique  said:
on Tuesday 07-Jul-20 12:01 PM
I've read that Emirates had requested their pilots and cabin crew to take unpaid leave. Can you imagine a huge airline like Emirates which has probably 100 000 staff all due to COVID. They are now laying off and retrenching a lot of their staff. I feel sorry for those who invested to become pilots and now can't work, are being retrenched or have to wait until pilots are needed again.

Melissa van Tellingen   said:
on Tuesday 07-Jul-20 10:15 AM
Who would have though that such a skilled profession would be in danger? This pandemic has the world on its knees. Its scary to think anyone could be next. I wish everything can go back to normal .

Nicolene  said:
on Tuesday 07-Jul-20 09:56 AM
With Covid-19, the economy is not doing well. It is so scary and there will still be a lot of people that will be retrenched due to this pandemic. I never thought that this profession will be in danger. They also said that it will at least take 5 years for our economy to be back to normal, but I guess it will take much longer.

lucretia  said:
on Tuesday 07-Jul-20 08:51 AM
You are right, training to be a pilot is not a cheap venture and to lose those who have already gotten their licenses is going to be very scary in time to come. When everything settles down and life gets back to as normal a pace as before Covid, we are going to be in trouble not only in the flight industry but in many an industry with people who were "lost" in the form of retrenchment, etc during this pandemic.

Melandre'  said:
on Tuesday 07-Jul-20 08:46 AM
A profession I never would have assumed to take a knock due to the high necessity for international and local transport, has now as well largely been impacted by the virus. Those of us who still have employment should be very grateful, its tough out there.

Patrick Sedutla  said:
on Tuesday 07-Jul-20 08:37 AM
Covid 19 has turned the world around and all of us in trouble. We are still going to see more industries with shortage of skill telling people that they cant pay them. Those who have work must be grateful.

Tayla  said:
on Tuesday 07-Jul-20 08:10 AM
It is scary how this virus has affected so many people and life as we knew it. So many people have already lost their jobs and more will eventually. I don't want to think about how families are going to suffer.

Nikita  said:
on Tuesday 07-Jul-20 07:52 AM
Who would have thought such an elite profession could be in danger. I have a friend who works for SAA and they have also all received notification of their retrenchments. He showed me the packages and the pilots earn a pretty penny.

david  said:
on Tuesday 07-Jul-20 07:10 AM
and in other news an online store i use quite a lot currently has a staff shortage - they are employing, and they have run out of stock of some products i am after.
lockdown has been a killer for some, and a saviour for others.
i will certainly be doing a lot more online shopping, and far less going to the mall.


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