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ANA negotiating paid leave for 5,000 flight attendants

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All Nippon Airways (ANA) is negotiating with its labor union about temporarily suspending work for around 5,000 flight attendants.

ANA has already decided to cut 2,630 international flights from March 29 to April 24 and has also announced cuts to its domestic schedule due to the coronavirus. The airline has suggested 5,000 of its approximately 8,000 cabin attendants take paid leave for a few days in April.

The airline also said it is planning to cut the salaries of executives and employees at the managerial level.

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"8,000 cabin attendants take paid leave for a few days in April." ok that's a start, but this could go one for a few months, so, are the staff going to get paid after the few days or not?

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The airline also said it is planning to cut the salaries of executives and employees at the managerial level.

ANA is the first company I've heard of globally that is doing the right thing. Throughout these times, its normally the lowest level employees that are simply placed on the chopping block while the executives get paid to weather the storm. If you cut down the pay of the executives you can hold on to so many jobs.

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When most airlines talk about laying staff off, this I think is a smart move by ANA. Once this situation is all over they’ll be in a much stronger position than others who didn’t hold onto their staff.

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Seems very reasonable compared to Virgin Australia, who want staff to take 2 months unpaid leave.Probably could do that in Japan.Japanese are the best savers in the world and can get through a two month drought no sweat for the most part.

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Some airlines are laying off staff without pay.

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ANA is the first company I've heard of globally that is doing the right thing.

The "right thing" is great if the company can afford it. Many cannot, and will go under.

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"ANA is the first company I've heard of globally that is doing the right thing."

ANA’s derisory offer of allowing "paid leave for a few days in April” contrasts markedly with Qantas. Anticipating that the situation will continue through until the end of May, it’s furloughing 20,000 of its workforce, allowing staff to use not only their accrued annual leave, but also their anticipated leave for NEXT YEAR, allowing staff to use accrued long service leave, and working with other employers to place those temporarily laid off in jobs elsewhere. Now, that’s what I call おもてなし

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_service_leave

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@Bugle Boy

@oyatoi

I'm not talking about allowing employees to use leave as the right thing. I am talking about slashing executive pay before trimming the workforce. Even if it's inevitable that the workforce gets trimmed, the fact that the first step was aimed at the executives is a rare move.

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JJ Jetsplain: “I am talking about slashing executive pay”

Regardless, Qantas executives compensation was cut on March 10. Far from being, in your words, “the first company I’ve heard of globally that is doing the right thing”, ANA which is still only at the planning stage, is simply playing catch up.

https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/qantas-executives-and-board-take-pay-cut/137159.articleg

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From what I read Qantas management is getting a 30% pay cut and the CEO is forgoing his pay for rest of the year.

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Isn't Cathay telling some of its staff to take leave with NO pay?

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https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/qantas-executives-and-board-take-pay-cut/137159.article

Don’t know how that ‘g’ ended up there.

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@JJ Jetplane

ANA is the first company I've heard of globally that is doing the right thing. 

Dude, you need need further than JT. Plenty of companies are planning similar measures.

Google:

coronavirus companies cut executive pay

They have to, since we are dealing with a very different beast this time.

“By the end of May 2020, most airlines in the world will be bankrupt,” the Centre for Aviation said. “Coordinated government and industry action is needed – now – if catastrophe is to be avoided (The Guardian).

As it is, in the case of airlines, these moves are actually just prolonging the inevitable. The age of cheap travel is over for a long, long, time.

This crisis is going to change the world in untold ways.

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Some smaller airlines are stopping complete service altogether until the end of May while most large airlines are cutting around 75 to 85% of their flights/capacity. That's a lot of people who are not going to be working plus there's the knock on effect at the airports and all the support jobs like catering, maintenance, etc.

The world's aviation industry is one of the many casualties of the Chinese government's failure to regulate its food industry which has now pretty much shut down the world with this deadly ChinaVirus2.0 because they didn't learn from their last one, SARS back in 2002/2003.

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ANA is not the first company to do this. Qantas has already announced a few days ago that they would be reducing salaries and even suspending salaries of board members until the end of financial year. They are standing down staff and asking that they take paid leave entitlements. Those have been stood down are welcome to take other jobs until this situation cools down.

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