(CMR) Some Caribbean Airlines Limited (CAL) employees will remain off the job until April 15, 2021.
The workers were originally to return to work in January 2021, however CAL CEO Garvin Medera told a local T&T publication that a decision was made to extend the layoffs as part of efforts to “ keep costs (at) an absolute minimum” as it awaits the reopening of the country’s borders.
The details of the layoff were explained in a memo sent to staff on Tuesday (December 15) which further said that funding for the foreseeable future was uncertain.
Medera in the memo said that while CAL was reluctant to extend the layoffs noted it was necessary to prevent the need for more severe measures.
“As a management team, we continue to monitor the situation for alternative options, or an improvement in the marketplace that would allow the company to operate normally again,” read the memo.
The memo also reiterated that salary reductions, which staff were informed of in October 2020, would still remain in effect for the eight month period ending in June 2021.
CAL also said other cost saving mechanisms would be implemented wherever possible.