MONTREAL, March 10, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The union representing Air
Transat flight attendants announced that its members have agreed to the
company's proposed cost reduction plan. In a secret electronic vote,
66% of the flight attendants accepted measures worth approximately $9
million a year. At 72%, turnout was particularly high.
The key element of the plan stipulates that the number of attendants on
the A330 will be reduced from 11 to 10. The savings thus realized will
help enable Air Transat to develop a narrow-body fleet of Boeing 737s,
which the union believes will allow the company to retain more jobs in
the long run.
"In recent months, we have studied the different scenarios very closely.
The flight attendants took part in a number of information sessions,"
noted Peter Buzzell, president of the Air Transat Component of the
Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).
"Air Transat's position in the industry has been somewhat precarious for
some time. For the union members, this means making hard choices. We
have accepted a sacrifice that gives the company an opportunity to grow
and maintain jobs in the long term. Our concern for such a balance
influenced our decision," said the union leader.
Air Transat flight attendants are emergency specialists whose primary
role is to ensure passenger safety. Approximately 1750 in total, they
are divided into three local unions corresponding to their three bases:
CUPE 4041 (Montreal-YUL), CUPE 4047 (Toronto-YYZ) and CUPE 4078
(Vancouver-YVR). The Air Transat Component oversees these three local
CUPE is Canada's largest airline union. In addition to its Air Transat
members, CUPE represents nearly 10,000 flight attendants at carriers
including Air Canada, Sunwing, CanJet, Calm Air, Canadian North, First
Air and Cathay Pacific, as well as ground agents at Porter Airlines in
CUPE is the largest union in Canada with 627,000 members working in
health, education, municipalities, libraries, universities, social
services, public utilities, urban and air transport, emergency services
SOURCE: Canadian Union of Public Employees (FTQ)
For further information:
Peter Buzzell, president of the Air Transat Component, mobile: 514 293-5124
Sébastien Goulet, CUPE Communications, mobile: 438 882-3756