Besides being a health crisis, the Corona epidemic has also created an economic crisis, and one of the most affected sectors is the aviation industry, following the decision by most countries in the world to ban flights. El Al, once Israel's national carrier, also has to take streamlining measures to get through the crisis. This morning (Thursday) spoke Nissim Meshaal and Guy Peleg on 103 FM With the company chairman, Eli Deeps, who explained where her face was going.
Guy: Are you planning to lay off an additional 1,000 employees at this time and demand that pilots and company executives cut 20% of their salary, all in exchange for a large loan you are requesting from the state, to get the company back? At this point in time, is such a sharp step of dismissal, of such magnitude, do you think the workers' committees will give it a shoulder?
“They do it most of the way. We have a number of issues that we need to do in El Al, including downsizing forwards. Because the Corona will be behind us at some point, and as soon as possible after the Corona, El Al will be able to defend itself. To be committed to the loans it took, to protect those thousands who remain EL AL employees, what do we want – ask if there will be none and then ask why we were not held? Yes, we have taken out some of the seemingly unnecessary people, the move is protecting other employees, protecting El Al and the protection of the State of Israel's national aviation. “
Miracles: You threaten that the company will be disbanded within a month if the committees do not answer you.
“You haven't heard that from any EL AL people. We have no intention, we have no will, and I wish it didn't happen. This threat, as far as you can know the regulation in the State of Israel, sounds from somewhere else. Who can make such a threat, if not a body? Like the treasure, the threat doesn't sound alot, it's not the intention, it's not our way. We think that in the conventional way as we do, it's not just layoffs, it's different work processes and things that need to be done as forward-looking, we will strengthen society. And we won't dismantle it. We have no interest in that and it won't happen. “
Miracles: Is the battle actually against the treasure?
“The battle is against finance and its requirements are partly legitimate. Says Treasury – 'You get a loan from us, I want to make sure you repay it.' We are responsible people, we cannot get a loan without assuming we can repay it. El Al has existed for 70 years, the name of EL AL in obtaining loans around the world This is one of the most reliable bodies and we never had a problem getting a loan, knew we were repaying loans.We are an existing company, do you know how many airlines in the world have collapsed? Collapsed? Unite? Yes”.
Guy: Did the loan-for-layoff formula require the Treasury or is that your proposal?
“It's an understanding for all of us, including the workers. The struggle with the workers can be on the scale, but the workers also understand that this is a time that needs to change. El Al has absorbed 16 new aircraft, whose maintenance and management is completely different from the aircraft we have disposed of. These are new aircraft, not 25 years old. One year, their maintenance is different. That means that this aircraft needs at least maintenance, fewer working hands, certainly doesn't need the scope of work. “
Guy: You're talking about the state of a company's natural development. The question is, at this time of economic uncertainty in all sectors of the economy, is it right to send such a volume of people home?
“In any case, we are on vacation without pay, about 5,500 people are on vacation without pay. It is appropriate to organize at this time for the post-Shalom period and to think how the company got back on its feet. If we don't want to think about it now, we cancel, and we don't want to cancel. We are hurting the reduction of manpower, some temporary personnel that naturally would end his work, some permanent staff. Much of the manpower that will be retiring in the coming years and the process is to try to put it out early, so we are very sensitive, but do not eliminate the fact that the steps are really painful. “