Sunday, 16 December 2018

How can you tell its Christmas

How can you tell Christmas is getting close.. by the carols and decorations I hear you say... well NO!   Its by the threat of the airlines to strike over the Christmas period. So far three airlines, Tigerair Australia; Air New Zealand and Virgin Atlantic have all threatened disruptions over the Christmas period.

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Tigerair Australia pilots say they will take industrial action starting next Friday that could disrupt pre-Christmas travel plans for thousand of passengers, after negotiations for a new wage deal reached a deadlock. The Australian Federation of Air Pilots (AFAP) said its Tigerair pilots had voted on Thursday overwhelmingly in favour of protected industrial actions that could result in flights being delayed. AFAP industrial officer James Lauchland said negotiations over a new enterprise bargaining agreement (EBA) had broken down, with the union seeking a deal that recognised pilots had not had a pay increase for over two years. The union has notified the airline that starting on December 21, pilots will refuse to fly jets with minor, non-safety related defects; refuse to start work within 90 minutes of being called in from stand-by; and conduct in-air go-slows but not exceeding certain speeds or taking route short-cuts. The industrial action would not be conducted on Christmas Day or Boxing Day, to minimise disruption to the travelling public, Mr Lauchland said.
A spokeswoman for Tigerair, which is owned by Virgin Australia, said it continued to negotiate "in good faith" with its pilots and looked forward to "reaching a mutually beneficial outcome as soon as possible".

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Flights between Australia and New Zealand leading up to Christmas could be disrupted or cancelled due to a union dispute at the Kiwi national carrier, which threatens to up-end travel plans for thousands of people. Air New Zealand said on Friday that unions representing about a thousand aircraft maintenance engineers, logistics staff and related workers had notified it that their members intended to launch a total strike on Friday, December 21. The airline said 42,000 customers were booked to travel on international and domestic services that day - its busiest of the year - and now faced the prospect of their flights being cancelled. The dispute could also disrupt flights operated by Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin, which use Air New Zealand's engineers for ground work on the other side of the Tasman.

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A group of Virgin Atlantic pilots are set to strike over Christmas and the New Year – sparking fears of major travel disruption. Pilots who are members of the Professional Pilots Union (PPU) will walk out from December 22-25 over the festive period. They are also planning another two strikes into the start of 2019 from December 30 to January 2 and January 4-7 inclusive. But Virgin has insisted there will be any disruption to its flight schedule. The strike will be carried out in a dispute over union recognition, the PPU said. “It’s the last straw; Virgin Atlantic have consistently refused to recognise the PPU as a legitimate and independent union, essentially disenfranchising our members,” said PPU spokesman Steve Johnson, a former Virgin pilot. “Despite the rhetoric that consultations are inclusive of all staff and unions, in practice this doesn’t happen. "We hope that Virgin acknowledge the mandate our members have given us, and help avoid strike action by recognising the PPU and halt the benefits review that is so damaging to our members long-term security.

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