VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Nearly 6,400 WestJet workers laid off because of the ongoing pandemic, are getting back on the company payroll.
CEO and airline President Ed Sims says it’s thanks to the Federal Government’s emergency wage subsidy program, and it comes after ‘substantial’ discussions with Ottawa.
“I’m grateful for the hard work of the government of Canada, and of all governments across Canada to provide businesses like ours with the tools to continue operating through these most challenging of times,” he says.
Sims says it doesn’t mean everyone will automatically go back to work because there might not be enough work to go around given the current travel restrictions.
It comes after Air Canada announced earlier Wednesday it was using the same program to hire back more than 16-thousand laid-off employees.