Technicians Union: WestJet issues 72-hour lockout notice

Technicians Union: WestJet issues 72-hour lockout notice
Technicians Union: WestJet issues 72-hour lockout notice

The Canadian airline WestJet issued a 72-hour lockout notice on Saturday to the union that represents chief technicians responsible for maintaining its planes, with a view to a possible work stoppage on Tuesday, May 7 at 12 p.m.

“Despite our unwavering commitment to reaching a collective agreement, AMFA continues to come to the bargaining table with unreasonable demands and expectations,” said Diederik Pen, President of WestJet Airlines and Chief Operating Officer of the WestJet Group. .

With this lockout notice, WestJet is threatening the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA) not to give them work on May 7 to force them to reduce their requirements.

“The decision to issue a lockout notice was not taken lightly, and we sincerely regret the uncertainty this causes to our guests as well as the communities and regions that rely on us, and we we apologize,” added Mr. Pen, in a press release published on Saturday.

AMFA publicly issued a strike vote alert last week and asked its guests to do business with other carriers.

“We cannot allow unpredictability and lack of progress to continue. We have no choice but to issue a lockout notice with the aim of reaching a final resolution,” he continued.

WestJet and the AMFA have been in negotiations since September 2023. An offer was proposed by WestJet to notably increase the salaries of AMFA members by more than 20% during the duration of the collective agreement.

“We are firmly committed to reaching an agreement to prevent travel disruptions, but we are equally prepared to protect the travel plans of our guests and ensure the long-term stability and security of all WestJet Group employees.” , added Mr. Pen.

Even though the possible lockout should not have an impact on travel, the airline has still put in place certain measures such as preparation for a reduced schedule, proactive management of cancellations and modifications and offers flexible change and cancellation options.

At the time of writing, the QMI Agency had not yet managed to contact AMFA.



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