AIRLINES: Union delays job action at Flair Airlines

Flair airlines (photo courtesy Flair Air)

The union representing flight attendants at Flair Airlines has called off strike action by 139 employees, meaning Flair’s planes will continue to fly, for the time being.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees says actions by management at the ultra low-cost carrier has raised concerns about employee job security.

Th union accuses management of threatening that anyone taking part in a strike would not be scheduled for further work, and at the same time offering anyone crossing a picket line would get a $150 per day bonus.

The union says Flair’s strategy is illegal and it is launching a number of complaints before the Canadian Industrial Relations Board.

“As with any labour dispute after bargaining has broken down, our intent with the job action was to put pressure on the employer while it continued to operate the airline,” said CUPE representative Gary Yee in a statement. “But Flair’s threats of possible illegal actions could jeopardize our members’ job security, and we can’t allow that to happen.”

The union says the CIRB will have to deal with its complaint before union members take strike action.

CUPE gave the company 72-hour strike notice after talks broke down over pay, pension and scheduling issues. The cabin crew are in a legal strike position as of midnight Monday.