The administration of El Al Israel Airways Ltd. (TASE: ELAL) has introduced drastic adjustments designed to deal with the monetary disaster attributable to the continuing Covid pandemic. Administration desires to promote 16 planes and lay-off 1,500 workers.
El Al presently has a fleet of 45 planes and administration wish to see the fleet shrink to 29 plane. As a part of this streamlining, El Al will reportedly stress the North American market and halt flights on some routes between Israel and Europe, leaving it with its core locations in Europe. In consequence, many of the planes that shall be bought will seemingly be the narrower bodied Boeing 737s.
Along with decreasing its fleet and routes to Europe, El Al is looking for to put off an extra 1,500 workers. The airline presently has 4,000 workers, together with 1,400 workers on unpaid depart till October 31, and after shedding 2,000 workers over the previous yr.
El Al’s administration has been holding turbulent talks with the employees committee and the Histadrut on the deliberate cutbacks. There was an particularly stormy assembly previously few days, through which the proposed layoffs have been first introduced. The staff insisted that any unilateral motion taken by El Al’s administration on this matter would result in sanctions and disruptions.
El Al’s workers already declared a piece dispute a while in the past, permitting them to take quick motion, in the event that they so resolve. Histadrut transport staff committee chairman Avi Edri mentioned, “The ink shouldn’t be dry on the settlement to half with about 2,000 El Al workers. We ended with the firing of tenured workers at El Al and we’re asking the Israeli authorities to get off the fence and introduce versatile paid depart for the aviation sector. We imagine that the aviation sector will stabilize quickly and most of El Al’s workers will turn into extra needed for the corporate.”
El Al mentioned, “We don’t conduct work relations by means of media organizations.”
El Al is predicted to reply positively to the Ministry of Finance’s supply of $50 million in support, which was contingent on promoting a considerable a part of the airline’s fleet. The $50 million grant on supply to El Al could be within the type of an unlinked bond convertible to shares, with out ensures and with out curiosity. El Al might both repay the cash or the federal government would robotically improve its stake within the airline from 15% immediately to 24%, by changing the mortgage to shares.
Below the phrases of this plan, controlling shareholder Kenny Rozenberg could be required to inject an extra $43 million into the corporate, as a part of a $105 million public providing of shares. Rozenberg has already invested $160 million in El Al (for a 42.85% stake), which presently has a market cap of NIS 820 million. El Al just lately acquired $210 million from the state for tickets for safety workers for the subsequent 20 years.
Printed by Globes, Israel enterprise information – en.globes.co.il – on September 20, 2021
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