WestJet Pilots Will Vote On Whether To Strike

By : Mahi

Since discussions for a contract that ended on December 31, 2022, are presently in conciliation with the SAV allowed in mid-March,

The WestJet pilots' union recently announced the starting of a strike authorization vote (SAV) commencing Monday, April 3rd, with results released on April 18th.

In Canada, unlike the U.s, strike authorization votes have far shorter periods of power, and this vote appears to have a good chance of passing.

WestJet runs Swoop as an ultra-low-cost carrier (ULCC), is negotiating to buy Sunwing Airlines, which is currently independent of WestJet,

and also operates Westjet Encore, a regional airline. Hence, Swoop and Sunwing, in the eyes of Westjet ALPA members,

will undercut their compensation and perks. The following video explains the concerns about scope raised by the WestJet pilots union.

The capacity to retain pilots with competitive compensation is another issue for the pilots union that represents WestJet pilots.

For instance, the union claims that WestJet CEO Alexis von Hoensbroech stated during a corporate webcast that operating fewer aircraft is preferable to offering pilots a market wage contract.

Also, around 30 pilots depart the airline each month, according to the website of the pilots' union. As a result, within a year, the airline may lose 20% of its pilots.

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