https://immigrationnewscanada.ca/wp-content/uploads/2023/05/WestJet-Strike-Latest-Update-1.jpg Last Updated On 17 May 2023, 5:46 PM EDT (Toronto Time) WestJet Strike Latest Update: WestJet CEO Alexis von Hoensbroech says they and pilots’ union remain far apart on major sticking points, including wages, as discussions heat up and a strike deadline approaches.
WestJet and Swoop pilots sent their employer a 72-hour strike notice on May 15. The airline retaliated by locking out pilots at 3 a.m. Friday (May 19), setting up a probable strike before the May 19 long weekend.
“The gap is still massive,” von Hoensbroech said Tuesday night in a video chat from the negotiation venue, a hotel north of Toronto.
Despite earning less than U.S. pilots, Hoensbroech claims that Canadian pilots are already well paid.
WestJet’s newest offer to the union would provide wide-body plane captains $350,000 in total remuneration by the conclusion of the collective agreement period. Captains of narrow-body aircraft earned $300,000.
We (INC – Immigration News Canada) will provide more updates on WestJet Strike as the situation unfolds. Check back later for latest updates. Jump ToToday on May 17, Transport Minister Omar Alghabra urged the two parties to settle, stressing a federal mediator is present in the negotiations.
“I do not want to put my finger on the scale. Obviously the airlines have obligations towards their customers. But ultimately the biggest obligation is to make sure that they deliver the service that they sold to customers.” he said.
WestJet and the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) have been negotiating since September, and pilots voted to strike last month giving a 72-hour notice on May 15.
The CEO said WestJet issued a lockout notice soon before midnight Monday to “control” its planes in response to the strike notice.
“If a strike hits us on short notice at a point where we don’t expect it, we may strand an airplane somewhere in the Caribbean – I don’t know where,” von Hoensbroech added. “Then we are in trouble.”
WestJet has already mentioned on their website that if flights are delayed or cancelled, guests will get an email. WestJet Measures In Place For Affected Passengershttps://immigrationnewscanada.ca/wp-content/uploads/2023/05/Westjet-strike-latest-update-1-1024x501.png Air Canada and Flair Airline Response To WestJet StrikeAir Canada, Canada’s largest airline, warned V.I.A. that its aircraft is fully deployed and cannot boost capacity.
The airline also has limited seats on planned flights, but its “staff are aware of the situation and are prepared to assist to the extent they can, should that be required.” Canada’s third-largest airline, ultra-low-cost Flair Airlines, said Monday that it was “ready and willing” to increase its flight schedule to accommodate WestJet passengers.
Flair launched flights between Vancouver, Edmonton, and Calgary on Tuesday, starting Friday for the holiday weekend. If the strike lasts, it will boost flights to more locations. Why is WestJet going on strike?Canadian pilots earn 50% less than American pilots. WestJet started as a low-cost airline, but over the last 30 years it has grown into a huge carrier dependent on its personnel, prompting them to want an increase to match US carriers. What is WestJet strike date?Friday, May 19 at 3:00 a.m. MT is the earliest possible work stoppage due to strike by WestJet pilots as per latest update. When will WestJet strike end?Pilot’s union and WestJet are still on negotiation table to reach an agreement.
As of May 17, 2023 WestJet CEO Von Hoensbroech said “The gap is still massive,” on major stic[...]