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Sunday,  July 14, 2024 3:47 AM 

WestJet & AMFA return to bargaining table, preventing further flight cancellations

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  •   06-20-2024  7:27 am
  •   Pax Global Media

WestJet & AMFA return to bargaining table, preventing further flight cancellations
(WestJet Group)
Pax Global Media

WestJet and the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA) have agreed to return to the bargaining table, preventing further flight cancellations in anticipation of a strike.

“We recognize the impact the initial cancellations had on our guests and our people, and we sincerely appreciate their patience and understanding during this time,” said Diederik Pen, president of WestJet Airlines and group chief operating officer. “In returning to the bargaining table, we are committed to finding a resolution to avoid further disruption to our operations.”

Earlier this week, WestJet announced it had started cancelling and consolidating flights ahead of its aircraft maintenance engineers and other tech ops employees going on strike.

Between Tuesday (June 18) and Wednesday (June 19), roughly 40 cancellations were expected, affecting around 6,500 travellers.

The airline said it was “making every effort to reaccommodate all impacted guests” and that the decision was made “in order to park aircraft in a safe and organized manner.”

WestJet mechanics served the airline with a 72-hour strike notice on Monday (June 17) and said they were ready to walk off the job as early as Thursday night.

AMFA has since rescinded its strike notice in order to return to the bargaining table.

The decision came after WestJet appeared before the Canadian Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) to discuss the airline’s request for arbitration in the negotiations process between the airline and its employees, and to determine next steps.

The CIRB said it will require additional time and submissions from both parties before making a decision on whether or not collective bargaining for a first agreement should be resolved by way of arbitration.

WestJet is working to resume normal operations as quickly and efficiently as possible, while ensuring the highest degree of safety.

Guests should continue to check the status of their flights before departing for the airport.

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