No CHC redundancies for Flight Centre
Flight Centre New Zealand says it is proud to announce its guarantee that there will be no redundancies in Christchurch as a result of the earthquake. The company also opened a new store in Ferrymead this week, demonstrating its commitment to the city. With 17 stores in the region and almost 70 staff, Flight Centre stores were severely damaged, with just six original stores back in operation to date. However the company is adamant there will be no redundancies and has guaranteed this to its staff.
Flight Centre executive general manager, Mike Friend, said it was important that ongoing support and reassurance was given to its people in Christchurch. “We are adamant that no jobs will be lost as a result of the earthquake and I am guaranteeing this. “We are working with staff to relocate people across Canterbury, throughout the country and even those that wanted the opportunity, to Australia. “To open our new Ferrymead store this week is testament to our commitment,” Mr Friend said.
This guarantee is in addition to the $1 million donation through the Red Cross. The company has also distributed almost $100,000 to all staff in Christchurch to aid in their personal recovery. The fund comprises of a large donation from the company and fundraising efforts from its own staff.
“We were fortunate that no one was injured in our stores, however we know the effects are ongoing for our staff. “We’re hugely proud of our people - both professionally and personally.”
Flight Centre area accountant, Wendy Preston, will be using the fund to plaster her son’s wall. “There are very big cracks in the wall, I’ve covered most with posters but you can still see cracks that the ‘naughty dinosaurs’ made, as my son says.”
Meanwhile Kerri Orchard, who used to work at Flight Centre The Palms and is now working remotely, will use the money to honour her sister-in-law’s memory. “I will purchase a sculpture or piece of artwork in remembrance of my sister-in-law. This generosity is overwhelming and greatly appreciated.”
Sarah McDonald, from Flight Centre Hornby, will be using the funds to help out her family. “I’m going to shout my Mum and Dad a weekend away. My Dad was trapped in the PGC building and still suffering emotionally and physically. Will be nice to do something to help him.”
The company, which opened its first store in Christchurch in 1987, continues to also offer staff access to financial advisors and external counselors.