Air Transat flight attendants accept the measures requested by the company
MONTREAL, March 10, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The union representing Air Transat
flight attendants announced that its members have agreed to the company's
proposed cost reduction plan. In a secret electronic vote, 66% of the flight
attendants accepted measures worth approximately $9 million a year. At 72%,
turnout was particularly high.
The key element of the plan stipulates that the number of attendants on the
A330 will be reduced from 11 to 10. The savings thus realized will help enable
Air Transat to develop a narrow-body fleet of Boeing 737s, which the union
believes will allow the company to retain more jobs in the long run.
"In recent months, we have studied the different scenarios very closely. The
flight attendants took part in a number of information sessions," noted Peter
Buzzell, president of the Air Transat Component of the Canadian Union of
Public Employees (CUPE).
"Air Transat's position in the industry has been somewhat precarious for some
time. For the union members, this means making hard choices. We have accepted
a sacrifice that gives the company an opportunity to grow and maintain jobs in
the long term. Our concern for such a balance influenced our decision," said
the union leader.
Air Transat flight attendants are emergency specialists whose primary role is
to ensure passenger safety. Approximately 1750 in total, they are divided into
three local unions corresponding to their three bases: CUPE 4041
(Montreal-YUL), CUPE 4047 (Toronto-YYZ) and CUPE 4078 (Vancouver-YVR). The Air
Transat Component oversees these three local unions.
CUPE is Canada's largest airline union. In addition to its Air Transat
members, CUPE represents nearly 10,000 flight attendants at carriers including
Air Canada, Sunwing, CanJet, Calm Air, Canadian North, First Air and Cathay
Pacific, as well as ground agents at Porter Airlines in Ottawa.
CUPE is the largest union in Canada with 627,000 members working in health,
education, municipalities, libraries, universities, social services, public
utilities, urban and air transport, emergency services and communications.
Peter Buzzell, president of the Air Transat Component, mobile: 514 293-5124
or Sébastien Goulet, CUPE Communications, mobile: 438882-3756
SOURCE: Canadian Union of Public Employees (FTQ)
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