Virgin Atlantic airways is to make 50 Hong Kong cabin crew redundant by March next year, in a new cost cutting exercise which targets senior staff. In a letter which was given to local press, Virgin Atlantic said that cabin service supervisors and senior cabin crew members would lose their jobs. A team of 30 junior cabin crew members are unaffected.
The news comes after the airline sacked half of its flight attendants just over 18 months ago, after getting rid of flights from Hong Kong to Sydney.
The letter sent to employees said:
“I am writing to confirm that the Company is proposing to remove the senior and CSS [cabin service supervisors] cabin crew ranks in Hong Kong. After very careful consideration we have decided to simplify our rank structure by having one rank of cabin crew that will work across all cabins, and as a result, from 31 March 2016, we will no longer have a Senior Cabin Crew role.”
The secretary of the Hong Kong cabin crew federation described it as ‘horrible news’.
One flight attendant said:
“The decision to make redundancies was made by headquarters. I feel really upset because I didn’t expect this to happen and maybe they would have offered voluntary redundancy.”
It’s understood that the airline did not offer employees the chance to work part time or reduced responsibility.