HALIFAX, July 27, 2012 /CNW/ - Airline dispatchers represented by the
Canadian Air Line Dispatchers Association (CALDA) have given their
association a resounding 92% strike mandate in their negotiations with
Jazz Air. The result of the vote among the 67 Halifax-based employees
was released late Thursday.
A failure of the conciliation process now underway could lead to a work
stoppage at the airline as early as mid-September, effectively
grounding it. Conciliation is expected to conclude by Aug. 27.
"We've been extremely patient and reasonable throughout this
collective-bargaining process," said Allan Shiell, Chair of CALDA Local
2. "Our proposals are reasonable and not costly to the company. We are
now at the point where our members feel they have no alternative but to
show the company they are serious about getting recognition for their
qualifications, responsibilities and dedication to the company."
While Jazz calls itself a regional airline, it dispatches more flights
each day than any other airline in Canada, - including Air Canada -
serving communities from coast to coast and many cities in the US.
"Jazz dispatchers rightly believe they should be compensated in line
with their responsibilities," said Shiell.
Airline dispatchers are licensed and regulated by Transport Canada. They
perform a crucial role in airline operations, calculating fuel loads
and ensuring legal compliance. They work directly with pilots,
maintenance controllers and others to ensure aircraft are safe to fly.
An aircraft cannot legally leave the gate without its flight plan and
equipment being cleared by a dispatcher, who shares joint operational
control with the pilot.
SOURCE: Canadian Airline Dispatchers Association (CALDA)
For further information:
Chair, Local 2, Canadian Air Line Dispatchers Association