Kuwait Airways to Lay off 1500 Expat Employees
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The senior management of Kuwaiti Airways is planning to end the services of 1500 expats out of a total of 6000, according to a local daily. However, Kuwaiti citizens past the age of sixty will be exempted from the lay-offs.

Kuwaiti Airways is gearing to implement a Kuwaitization plans in accordance with official directives, but operations were suspended after the government enforced precautionary measures to handle the spread of the coronavirus spread in March including shutting down flights to and from Kuwait.

The daily reported that after the CEO took a decision towards Kuwaitization, a committee including representatives from the higher management departments and the union of employees of the company was formed to implement the plan to reduce the number of expats. Kuwaitis or Gulf citizens or expats married to Kuwaiti women and vice versa are not included in termination list to ensure the rights of employees and preserve Kuwaiti families.
The staff reductions will take into account the requirements and needs of each department. For example, the Operations Department includes about 500 pilots (most of whom are Kuwaitis) and 1300 hosts and hostesses (most of them are expats).

The daily reported that airline losses in the world are estimated to reach 314 billion dollars in the current year, the share of the Middle East region of which is about 24 billion, and there is a negative effect of the loss of 1.2 million jobs in the sector in the region.

During this difficult economy and precarious position of various companies in the sectors, the annual bonus was paid to workers during the past month despite the issues faced under the severe crisis affecting not only Kuwaiti airline, but all airlines in the world including the most important and largest companies in the region where austerity plans were announced including reducing employees and reducing the costs of airline operations.

 

SOURCE : TIMESKUWAIT

28 May, 2020 0 7860
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