WestJet mechanics hit airline with 72-hour strike discover

WestJet mechanics say they’re poised to stroll off the job early as Thursday evening after serving the airline with a 72-hour strike discover.

The Plane Mechanics Fraternal Affiliation, which represents some 670 plane upkeep engineers and different skilled-trade positions on the provider, says it made the choice after WestJet reduce off talks this week.

On Monday, WestJet requested the federal labour minister to refer negotiations to the Canada Industrial Relations Board, which might then arbitrate the phrases of a collective settlement.

WestJet president Diederik Pen says arbitration would permit an unbiased third occasion to put out an affordable deal, and would additionally bar a piece stoppage within the meantime.

The union, whose members voted overwhelmingly to reject a tentative settlement final week, opposes the transfer, saying it could undermine their aim of an “industry-changing contract.”

The airline says the strike discover “doesn’t imply journey disruption will happen,” although it stays unclear how flights could possibly be affected by the sudden absence of lots of of mechanics.

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