It happened in June 2020
A couple of days ago I heard an astounding item of news on the radio. It was so gobsmacking, I had to stop to express my thoughts for a blog entry.
The person concerned has worked in the aeronautical engineering industry for 50 years. At the present moment he is/was working for Jetstar.
Jetstar along with Qantas is downsizing its workforce. This gentleman received a message of a phone in and called the number.
He was greeted by 2 1/2 minute message which had been pre-recorded. It let him know that after 50 years his services were no longer required; he was being dismissed along with a good number of other people.
No ‘by your leave; , ‘I beg your pardon’ or anything else – just a pre-recorded, impersonal message giving him the flick.
As a person who worked for over 40 years with people in another context, I could not but think “how rude, how callous, and just how bloody awful.”
How was it possible that a person who is given half a century to an industry can be so offhandedly dismissed! Where is the world heading when faithful service rendered for so long, counts for so little!