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About 150 pilots in uniform all lined up outdoors WestJet’s headquarters in Calgary on Tuesday morning.
They carried picket indicators however weren’t on strike. The WestJet pilots, together with a few of their friends from competitor airways, lined the sidewalk to point out administration they’re critical about encouraging administration to barter a good contract.
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The Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA) said they need honest wages, higher working circumstances and higher job safety.
“It’s time to show management this pilot group is not content with substandard wages. We will fight for a contract,” stated Capt. Rob McFadyen with the ALPA Master Executive Council.
Pilots stated they’re annoyed the airline is outsourcing their jobs to employees WetJet’s new low-cost provider, Swoop.
The pilots stood outdoors the headquarters forward of the WestJet AGM the place shareholders gathered.
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Late final month, the union representing WestJet pilots introduced it was calling a strike vote as an settlement nonetheless hasn’t been reached with WestJet administration after months of negotiation.
The strike authorization vote ends May 10. The 21-day cooling off interval ends May 16.
Captain Dave Colquhoun, union chairman representing Calgary pilots, stated there are present pilot shortages within the business they usually’re involved about job safety.
“We are looking to make sure our flying is done by our pilots we are very concerned management has taken initiative to outsource our jobs to alter-ego airline and that is ‘Swoop,’” Colquhoun stated.
WestJet President and CEO, Ed Sims, stated he’s not shocked or disenchanted on the pickets. He hopes a strike might be averted however stated plans are in place ought to job motion be a actuality.
“I have a visceral reaction to the concept of 70,000 WestJet guests potentially being stranded and 740 flights disrupted,” Sims stated. “We have been working for a considerable amount of time on potential contingency plans to minimize potential impact.”
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Note: “Previously Published on: 2018-05-08 13:25:33, as ‘Pilots demand higher working circumstances outdoors WestJet headquarters as airline holds AGM