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Wizz Air announces 1,000 redundancies as it cuts 19% of workforce

Old 14th Apr 2020, 16:41
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Wizz Air announces 1,000 redundancies as it cuts 19% of workforce

Just to put everybody on the loop. Good luck to all the Captains and First Officer that did Wizzair what it is today.

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Old 14th Apr 2020, 20:56
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Concerning the pilot group, is it just floaters and contractors in general that were made redundant or also some on local contracts?
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Old 14th Apr 2020, 21:56
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Concerning the pilot group, is it just floaters and contractors in general that were made redundant or also some on local contracts?
Also local contracts. They didn't use seniority either. Redundancy were based on crew "performance", whatever that means. Line training Captains with 15 years seniority were let go, together with recently made Captains or junior FOs...
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Old 14th Apr 2020, 22:02
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Are these 1000 pilot redundancies (surely not) or company wide? I’m not going to lie and say I enjoyed my time at Wizz (for other reasons) but there were almost exclusively good guys there, best of luck to all those who this effects, horrific times.
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Old 14th Apr 2020, 22:08
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It's about 265 pilots, 700 cabin crew, and the rest office staff.
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Old 14th Apr 2020, 22:10
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“Performance reasons”. The perils of not having a Union I suppose, they can chop whoever they don’t like.
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“Performance reasons”. The perils of not having a Union I suppose, they can chop whoever they don’t like.
I think with contractors they just apply seniority maybe. Locals contract has been taking in consideration “performance”. Maybe here BCs opinión of every base has been the point more significative. There is people fired with more than 6 years, even 10 years and also new joiners. A mix of everything. Nobody knows how this list has been created. 🤷🏼‍♂️
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Also local contracts. They didn't use seniority either. Redundancy were based on crew "performance", whatever that means. Line training Captains with 15 years seniority were let go, together with recently made Captains or junior FOs...
I hear Captain over 15.000 hours, no disciplinary issues, let go, how is that possible. I am wondering if they been looking to let the higher earners go. Awful times.
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Old 15th Apr 2020, 02:37
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As one of the captains affected it seemed that pilots were simply chopped from bases where there were aircraft reductions, so a pilot from the 'wrong' base would go irrespective of his/her time served. Hence some line trainers went from the more affected bases along with new joiners at others.
An FO who I joined with last year thankfully still has his job. He was working in a different country and the axe didn't fall on his area. I don't think that performance played much of a part of the selection even though it's mentioned in the redundancy criteria. Wrong place and you were out on a last in/first out basis from what I can make of it. Purely academic however, the whole situation sucks. Particularly disappointing from a company thats as cash rich as Wizz Is.
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Old 15th Apr 2020, 05:52
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Thumbs down

There are two kinds of airlines in this world. Those who use the rule of fear and those who respect their employees.

It's not awful times, it's awful companies.
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There are two kinds of airlines in this world. Those who use the rule of fear and those who respect their employees.

It's not awful times, it's awful companies.
Yes. Is the best quote I have read for a long time.
here is not a matter of cash, liquity or survival of the company. Is a matter of lack of Emotional Intelligence of the management and shareholders.
but... life is a two ways street and how you treat people they will treat you. And is very easy to treat good people in the good times but you also have do it in the times “less profitable” let say.
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Originally Posted by nightstopmonster View Post
As one of the captains affected it seemed that pilots were simply chopped from bases where there were aircraft reductions, so a pilot from the 'wrong' base would go irrespective of his/her time served. Hence some line trainers went from the more affected bases along with new joiners at others.
An FO who I joined with last year thankfully still has his job. He was working in a different country and the axe didn't fall on his area. I don't think that performance played much of a part of the selection even though it's mentioned in the redundancy criteria. Wrong place and you were out on a last in/first out basis from what I can make of it. Purely academic however, the whole situation sucks. Particularly disappointing from a company thats as cash rich as Wizz Is.

best of luck,could well be joining you shortly
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Originally Posted by Brix View Post
There are two kinds of airlines in this world. Those who use the rule of fear and those who respect their employees.

It's not awful times, it's awful companies.
They are an awful company.

Didn't they pay poorly with no good benefits such as retirement. Employ through some agencies with poor contractual terms with questions marks around taxation models.

They are most likely not able to gain some of the Government furlough to help employees in some countries like the U.K in how they structure their employment model.

Best of luck for those affected with this
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Old 15th Apr 2020, 21:35
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Easy come - easy go.
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Latest rumor is that the base captains were given a free hand (and a number besides all confair ppl) on who to let go in their respective bases. From then on it was down to each and every one of them to do the "cleansing", no questions asked.

Same was done on the cabin side by the base managers.
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Old 16th Apr 2020, 11:39
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Considering also the base pay is only 1/3 of your pay, it's pretty misleading when they say flight crew have only taken a few percentage pay cut, it's rather a 70% pay cut in reality.

Best of luck to all involved.
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What and awesome company. Why wouldn't everybody want to work for such an employer. Yikes.
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What and awesome company. Why wouldn't everybody want to work for such an employer. Yikes.
If they act like this with 1.5B liquity, imagine the day that they go to a tougher situation what can they do...
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If they act like this with 1.5B liquity, imagine the day that they go to a tougher situation what can they do...
No wonder they've functioned more or less as a stepping stone for better options. Unfortunately, now, they might no longer have a recruitment problem when travel picks up again.
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Any idea what happened with the numerous NTR cadets in training or waiting for the OCC?
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