Published: Sat, May 12, 2018
Finance | By Claude Patterson

Westjet Pilots Approve Strike Mandate

Westjet Pilots Approve Strike Mandate

While the cooldown period expires on May 19, the Air Line Pilots Association says they have committed to keep planes flying over the busy Victoria Day Weekend. We look forward to welcoming customers onboard our flights to key destinations throughout our network and into our global hubs.

Pilots with WestJet have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action if a new collective agreement can not be reached before the end of the Victoria Day long weekend.

He said the union made a decision to delay a potential strike date past the long weekend so as not to disrupt the travel plans of WestJet passengers.

In a statement, the ALPA says the union will continue to negotiate with the airline but that its leaders can call a strike if negotiations break down. "Clearly the results of our vote and a good turnout for the picket this week should be to guide an additional incentive to submit serious proposals at the negotiating table".

He added that the time has come when the efforts of the pilots should be reassessed from the point of view of the payment conditions and security of work.

Talks are scheduled to take place in Halifax through next week.

"It's clear WestJet pilots are ready to stand up for the fair contract we deserve-one that puts us in line with our peers across the industry", Captain Rob McFadyen, chairman of WestJet's ALPA Master Executive Council, in a news release. "We are certain our guests will appreciate that this update confirms their travel will be unaffected over the Victoria Day long weekend".

The company WestJet also reported that the rate of booking of tickets is now slowed down because numerous passengers react to the potential threat of a strike. With our flexible and diverse fleet, we will continue adjusting capacity where possible to limit disruptions for people travelling.

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