TORONTO, June 28, 2012 /CNW/ - The Association representing a group of
key employees at Jazz Air has welcomed the appointment of a conciliator
by the Federal Ministry of Labour in its dispute with Jazz Aviation.
"We were twice promised a conciliator, and twice the process was
delayed, even though negotiations were getting nowhere," said Allan
Shiell, chair of Local 2 of the Canadian Airline Dispatchers
Association (CALDA). "These delays have accomplished nothing other than
preventing a solution to our dispute."
Shiell says he is prepared to take a formal strike vote Jul. 21 if the
conciliator fails to facilitate an agreement by then.
"We put very reasonable and well supported proposals on the table that
would have satisfied our members' concerns and would not have been a
big cost item for Jazz," he said. "With the appointment of a
conciliator the clock has started ticking towards us taking a strike
vote if further negotiations prove to be unsuccessful."
Due to strict Transport Canada Regulations, Jazz cannot operate any
flights without one of the Halifax-based dispatchers authorizing the
release of each aircraft for each flight. Because of licensing and
training regulations it would be practically impossible to replace the
services of the 66 individuals that CALDA represents at Jazz.
Jazz Aviation LP, a wholly owned subsidiary of Chorus Aviation Inc.
(TSX: CHR.A, CHR.B), operates more than 800 flights a day throughout
North America under its Capacity Purchase Agreement with Air Canada.
Chorus earns virtually all of its revenue through Jazz. The company said
it earned net income of $26.4 million for the first quarter of 2012 and
paid a dividend of 15 cents per share in each of the last three
SOURCE Canadian Airline Dispatchers Association (CALDA)
For further information:
Chair, Canadian Airline Dispatchers Association Local 2