Emirates has implemented job cuts and pay cuts since May.
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DUBAI – Emirates cabin crew members have been urged to take more unpaid leave as the Dubai-based airline continued cost-cutting measures amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“We can confirm that we had offered cabin crew the opportunity to apply for voluntary unpaid leave. We will not be providing figures on employee take-up,” an Emirates spokesperson said in a statement to media.
Crew members have reportedly been told they can take unpaid leave of up to three months, starting from September 1 to November 30.
The move follows job cuts in Emirates airline since May, months after demand for air travel dipped following the onslaught of coronavirus globally.
More crew members were reportedly laid off last week.
Meanwhile, a Reuters report quoted a memo from Etihad Airways telling employees that they can take unpaid leave of 10 days to six months starting on September 16.
The airline has not yet issued a statement on the matter as of this publication. ICA/Expat Media
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