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Wage cut to 53% for WestJet employees

(Calgary) Airline WestJet Airlines has warned its employees on forced leave benefiting from the federal wage subsidy that their wages will be cut to 53% effective Sunday.

Posted September 25, 2020 at 4:47 PM

The Canadian Press

The maximum weekly payout of more than 3,000 employees on legal leave dependent on the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CUSS) will rise to $ 400, up from $ 847 so far, it said. note sent to its employees on Wednesday.

In his position, Vice President Mark Porter attributed the decision to changes made by the federal government to the recently expanded wage subsidy program.

"With the end of the (Canadian Emergency Benefit) program in late September, the goal now is to ease the transition of the SSUC program by aligning SSUC benefits with those specifically identified by the comprehensive employment insurance program, "he explained.

" We understand that the magnitude and irregularity of the changes to these programs have been extremely difficult for (WestJet employees).

The flight attendants summoned the government. to clarify when and how much money will flow into the company's treasury through the federal grant, to determine whether wages can return to current levels.

"WestJet cannot raise our wages to Ottawa (clarified ), so our members see their checks cut in half, "said Chris Rauenbusch, who represents about 4,000 flight attendants. WestJet – 2,500 of whom are on leave – at the Canadian Union of Public Employees.

" It is so frustrating to see the government promoting the SSUC when the ever-changing bureaucratic rules mean we don't know what to expect, ”he said in a statement.

“Many employees called me in tears at the thought of not being able to pay their rent. "

Effective September 27, the pay cut will apply to all cabin crew and company employees who are on leave. It is not known whether the 700 WestJet forced departure pilots will also be affected.

The memo followed the speech of the liberal government to the throne released Wednesday announcing the extension of the wage subsidy until next summer.

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