BRASILIA, Aug 1 (Reuters) – LATAM Airlines will fire at least 2,700 workers in Brazil, including pilots, starting with voluntary cuts, newspapers O Globo and O Estado de S. Paulo reported on Saturday.
The layoffs are the latest in efforts to reduce the size of Latin America’s largest airline, and follow the failure of the company and its unions in Brazil to reach an agreement on a temporary reduction of hours and wages.
Before the new coronavirus crisis, the airline had 43,000 workers worldwide, most of them in Brazil and Chile.
LATAM Brazil did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
LATAM is seeking to restructure $ 18 billion in debt. When it filed for bankruptcy protection in the United States in May, it was the world’s largest airline to date seeking an emergency reorganization due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
(Report by Jamie McGeever and Marcelo Rochabrun, edited in Spanish by Gabriela Donoso)