Qantas boss' awkward Coles encounter - Noosa News

 

A Qantas flight attendant among 20,000 employees stood down by the airline was worried about her future after 31 years at the company when she saw a man who might be able to give her some guidance.

The iconic airline’s chairman Richard Goyder was recently shopping at a Perth Coles with his wife when the woman approached him with “red eyes and tears”.

“She wanted to know whether she had a future,” Mr Goyder toldBOSSmagazine.

“It was one of those really difficult conversations and I said: ‘Well, it’s hard.’

She said: ‘What do I do? Do I take a redundancy at Qantas? Do I stay? I love Qantas.'”

Mr Goyder told BOSS that like “most of our employees” the woman was “just passionate about Qantas” and admitted the conversation was “challenging for me, because what do you say?”

He said he was confident Qantas could be back in the air by mid-2021, if a vaccine arrived by early next year, and told her to “hang in there”.

Protesters outside Parliament House on Thursday after Qantas announced plans to cut a further 2,500 jobs last month. Picture: David Gray / Getty Images

Protesters outside Parliament House on Thursday after Qantas announced plans to cut a further 2,500 jobs last month. Picture: David Gray / Getty Images

Mr Goyder also worried an obsession with numbers and people being “paranoid about the virus” could be masking the mental health
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