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UA furlough 36000 staff

United Airlines says up to 36,000 of its workers could be furloughed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
That would amount to almost half of the company's US-based frontline workforce being put on unpaid leave.
“Throughout this crisis, we have been honest and direct with you about our need to right-size our workforce to match travel demand,” it said. 
The carrier said it expects capacity for this month to be down 75% compared to July last year.
The company also said that not everyone who receives a warning letter will definitely be furloughed, with the final number depending on whether trading conditions improve and how many workers accept offers of redundancy and temporary leave.
“Our primary goal throughout this crisis has been to ensure United - and the jobs it supports - are here when customers are flying again,” United Airlines said in a statement to employees.
In response to the announcement the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA union said: "The United Airlines projected furlough numbers are a gut punch, but they are also the most honest assessment we've seen on the state of the industry.”
The US government has offered $50bn (£40bn) to support the airline industry which has agreed to not lay off staff or cut pay until 30 September.
United Airlines is receiving $5bn of those funds and won't make any cutbacks until 1 October, it said.
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