Emirates Airlines announced the arbitrary reduction of the salaries of most of its employees at a time when it decided to suspend all passenger flights starting from Wednesday to deal with the spread of the novel Coronavirus.
The group said it would reduce basic salaries “temporarily” by rates ranging from 25% to 50%, for the majority of its employees for a period of three months without canceling jobs.
“We are keen to protect our highly qualified human resources, and instead of requiring workers to leave work, we have chosen to temporarily reduce basic salaries to avoid abolishing jobs,” she added.
The group stated that it would suspend all passenger flights by March 25, to deal with the outbreak of the virus.
“Emirates Airlines will temporarily suspend all passenger flights from Wednesday, March 25 this year,” Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, CEO of the Emirates Airlines group in a statement noting that the company will continue shipping operations “where demand remains high.”
He added, “We are monitoring the situation, moment by moment, and we will resume operating our regular flights as soon as the conditions permit.”
Al-Sheikh Al-Ahmed emphasized, “The world has effectively entered into a real and comprehensive quarantine due to the COVID-19outbreak.”
According to the statement, “Emirates Group’s operations were going well in achieving the financial goals set up to January 2020, but COVID-19 stopped all of this suddenly and painfully over the past six weeks.”
The Emirates usually travels to 159 international destinations.
In the past weeks, the UAE authorities recorded 153 cases of the virus, 38 of which were recovering, while two people died, according to what the Ministry of Health announced on Friday evening.
The authorities have taken precautionary measures, including stopping trips to dozens of cities and suspending education in schools, for fear of spreading the virus that has killed thousands around the world.
On Saturday, the UAE decided to close its beaches after hundreds of residents hesitated, despite calls to avoid social mixing to limit the spread of the virus.
The UAE authorities did not order their residents to stay in their homes, nor did they close the major commercial centers along the lines of cities in neighboring countries, but they advised their residents in spite of this not to go out or mix, and obliged government employees to work remotely.
Large companies in the UAE have made shocking and arbitrary decisions against their employees in light of the crisis of the spread of the virus without regard for their rights.
Sources from the United Arab Emirates airline revealed a shocking decision for the company’s employees, after the outbreak of the virus and the suspension of flights.
The sources said that the company, which is wholly owned by the government of Sharjah, decided to cut employee salaries by 50 percent, starting April 1.