A Qantas flight attendant was among the 20,000 employees who quit by the airline worried about her future after 31 years at the company when she saw a man who might be able to give her some guidance.
Richard Goyder, chairman of the famous airline, was recently shopping at a Perth Coles hotel with his wife when the woman approached him with “red eyes and tears.”
“She wanted to know if she had a future,” said Mr. Goyder.Presidentmagazine.
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“It was one of those really difficult conversations and I said, ‘Well, it’s hard. “
She said: What should I do? Do I do excess at Qantas? Do i stay I love Qantas. “
Mr. Goider said President Like “most of our employees,” the woman was “only passionate about Qantas” and admitted that the conversation was “difficult for me, because what are you saying?”
He said he was confident that Qantas could return to the air by mid-2021, if a vaccine arrived by early next year, and asked her to “stay there.”
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Mr. Goyder also expressed concern that the obsession with numbers and people suffering from “the paranoia of the virus” could mask the mental health implications of the restrictions the virus has imposed on Australians, including flight attendants and pilots who have withdrawn from Qantas.
“We are now almost addicted to numbers every day -“ How many new cases? How many deaths? – Which we did not see with influenza and we do not have with car accidents, ”Mr. Guider said.
“There is a lot more going on at the moment than the numbers that we seem to be fascinated by,” Goyder said, adding, “There is a human side to this.”
According to Qantas’ 2019 Annual Report (Latest Available), Mr. Guider earned a gross salary of $ 584,000 and attended 13 Qantas Board of Directors meetings as Independent Non-Executive Chairman and Director, a role he assumed in October 2018.
He is also a director at Woodside Petroleum and a member of the AFL Board of Directors, and was previously the CEO of Wesfarmers from 2005 to 2017 (during that time he oversaw the acquisition of Coles Group companies, including the supermarket chain where he met the Qantas agent. The two separated in 2018. .)
As of June 30, 2019, he had 130,000 shares in Qantas, a $ 930,800 ownership at the start of the year but has since declined to just $ 505,700.
It added 9,433 additional shares last month as part of Qantas’ share purchase plan that raised nearly $ 72 million, buying nearly $ 30,000 worth of shares at $ 3.18 a piece.
173,343 Qantas shareholders were invited to participate in this June share purchase plan and about 5% of them did, spending an average of $ 8,200 each, which is well below the maximum allowed of $ 30,000.
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