Teamsters Union denounces planned downsizing at Air Canada Jazz



    LAVAL, QC, June 23 /CNW Telbec/ - The Teamsters Union, which represents
more than 1000 flight attendants at Air Canada Jazz, denounced the air
carriers' announcement that they intend to scale down the number of flights.
    "The reduction in the number of flights announced by Air Canada for this
fall will have a negative impact on the company's employees", explains Robert
Bouvier, President of Teamsters Canada.
    A large number of flights to Hamilton will be cut as early as this fall;
similar cuts are anticipated for other destinations throughout the country.
    The Teamsters Union holds the Federal Government responsible for the
increase in fuel costs, which is the main cause of the air carrier's decision.
According to Robert Bouvier, "it is unreasonable for an oil producing and
exporting country like Canada to be subjected to such price fluctuations. The
national energy policy ought to be reviewed as soon as possible."
    Moreover, the air carrier's management could have provided for reserves
in their revenue planning in order to balance out such a situation.
    "The employees of Air Canada and Jazz have had to accept major
concessions over the past few years in order to ensure the company's survival
and to keep their jobs," Bouvier added. The company's managers, on the other
hand, did not hesitate to pay themselves astronomical salaries and options
once the financial overhaul had been finished. This is simply indecent and
inacceptable."
    The Federal Court and Federal Government should have insisted that a
reserve fund be created in order to offset the effect of crises that
perennially shake the air transport industry.
    "While the people at the top indulged in pocketing exorbitant salaries,
their company has once again plunged into a crisis. They must understand that
it's not just the employees who should suffer from the fluctuations of the
market," concluded the President of Teamsters Canada.
    The Teamsters Union will take all the necessary steps to ensure that the
collective agreement that protects those of its members employed by Air Canada
Jazz is respected.




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