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Austrade staff blindsided, a clanger from Hendo and Emirates brutal cuts. Plus other tips and murmurs from the Crikey bunker.

Aviation watch Last week Emirates slashed around 8000 jobs, on top of several hundred in the previous couple of weeks. According to one insider in the company’s crews, it wasn’t just the size of the cuts that's hurt, but the way the airline went about it.

We've been told the Emirates HR department developed an algorithm which was used to comb the employee database looking for staff with families and other costs to the company. According to the tipster, employees “with three kids, with kids in secondary education" were targeted " because "the company pays for their tuition, medical, dental, housing allowance for a family etc". We understand that from that pool the cuts were randomly administered.