Pre-Christmas airline strike fears eased

Thursday December 13, 2018 Written by Published in Local

Fears of a pre-Christmas strike by Air New Zealand unions have eased after three days of discussions between the airline and worker representatives.


It was reported yesterday that the opposing parties had come to an agreement in principle, the details of which would not be released until E Tu union members were informed of the deal. They would then discuss and vote on the offer put before them.

The agreement was struck late on Tuesday night, with the union’s core claims “largely achieved”.

More than 120,000 Air NZ passengers can now relax a little knowing their chances of pre-Christmas returns to family or holiday flights are more than likely to go ahead.

Strike action was organised for Dec 20, 21 and 22 (December 21, 22, 23 in Cook Islands time), the three busiest flying days for New Zealand’s national carrier.

The union’s head of aviation, who is known as Savage said: “Industrial action of this nature is always a last resort and so it's a positive sign that we've reached an agreement in principle.

“Unions are democratic organisations so the most important next step is communicating with our members.

“We will be recommending the deal to members at ratification meetings over the coming week – then it's up to the members to discuss and vote on the company offer."

Air New Zealand’s Carrie Hurihanganui said the airline had been focused on achieving a resolution on behalf of its customers.

"We know how important it is to our customers to get where they need to be, particularly at this special time of the year, and the negotiating teams have been working diligently to achieve this result."

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