Sunday, 9 December 2018

Flair Air staff strike planned for Monday 10th December

Photo Flair Air
The Canadian Union of Public Employees, CUPE filed a 72-hour strike notice for the 139 flight attendants who work for ultra-low-cost Canadian carrier Flair Airlines.

The union issued the strike notice following a meeting with the carrier on December 5th which failed to find a suitable agreement on wages and pensions as well as time credits/scheduling issues.  "For the past several weeks, this employer has steadfastly refused to step away from its position of two-tier wages and benefits, which is fundamentally unfair," said CUPE National Representative Gary Yee, 

"Flair is transparently engaging in a divide and conquer strategy aimed at driving a wedge between workers in order to compete with other ultra-low-cost carriers. It is completely unfair to pay one group of flight attendants 30 per cent less for doing the same work as other flight attendants." Yee continued.

The strike has been called to start at midnight on Monday, December 10th and could affect staff at 
Flair bases in Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Kelowna and Abbotsford, however, the airline believes its flying schedule will be unaffected.

A Flair Airlines spokesperson told us, "Over the past few months, Flair Airlines has worked with CUPE to reach agreement on compensation terms for our team of flight attendants. 

To date, we have been unable to reach an agreement. As a result, CUPE has called for strike on Monday, December 10th, 2018. We have historically paid our team of flight attendants 30% higher starting wages than our competitors.  We cannot continue to pay this kind of premium, and have requested all new flight attendants start at the same wages as our competitors.

Our aircrew is at the heart of our organisation, and we believe our current offer provides a high quality of life for our flight attendants, while ensuring our business remains sustainable. After CUPE called the strike, we received considerable support from our flight attendants. Many contacted management to indicate they will work during any labour action called by the union. 

The support we have received suggests all flights will operate normally on Monday, but we recommend passengers check the status of their flight on our website."

Flair Air staff strike planned for Monday 10th December