Strikes at WestJet called off, more than 30 flights already cancelled

WestJet and ALPA's tentative agreement will allow the airline to reduce disruption on its network
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Strikes by WestJet mechanics have been called off after the airline and the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA) agreed to return to the bargaining table.  

WestJet already put in place dozens of flight cancellations in anticipation of the strikes and is now working to resume normal operations as quickly as possible. 

Canada’s second largest airline confirmed in a statement that the union had “rescinded its strike notice” with both parties jointly agreeing to seek a resolution. 

Around 670 WestJet aircraft mechanics were due to strike from 19:00, local time, on June 20, 2024, after notifying the airline of their intention earlier this week.   

In response WestJet cancelled more than 30 scheduled flights with thousands of passengers facing last-minute cancellations. 

“We recognize the impact the initial cancellations had on our guests and our people, and we sincerely appreciate their patience and understanding during this time,” Diederik Pen, President of WestJet Airlines and Group COO, said. “In returning to the bargaining table, we are committed to finding a resolution to avoid further disruption to our operations.” 

WestJet said in the statement that it appeared before the Canadian Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) to discuss the airline’s request for arbitration. 

CIRB has advised it will require more time and submissions from both parties before deciding whether a resolution can be found by way of arbitration. 

In the meantime, the decision was made by WestJet and the union to restart negotiations. 

In a statement on June 19, 2024, AMFA said: “WestJet management refuses to negotiate after union membership overwhelmingly (97.1%) votes to reject their tentative agreement. We have no alternative but to go on strike, and we are sorry for the inconvenience and disruption this will cause the flying public.” 

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