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Three days of strikes at Air New Zealand called off; negotiations reach agreement

News from AirNZ
Air New Zealand is pleased that an agreement has been reached with the unions representing its aircraft maintenance and logistics workers including the lifting of strike notices that threatened to disrupt travel for 120,000 customers over the three busiest travel days of the year.

Three days of mediated negotiations concluded last night with the parties reaching an agreement that the unions will now take to their members to vote on.

Air New Zealand Chief Ground Operations Officer Carrie Hurihanganui says the airline has been very focused on achieving resolution on behalf of its customers who can now be reassured their Christmas holiday travel plans are secure.

“We know how important it is to our customers to get where they need to be, particularly at this special time of the year and the negotiating teams have been working diligently to achieve this result.”

Mrs Hurihanganui says the airline is unable to discuss details of the agreement as the unions now need to communicate it to their members and achieve ratification. She acknowledged the good faith in which the negotiations had been conducted in helping achieve this outcome for travellers.

News from AirNZ – December 12
Air New Zealand continues to negotiate with aircraft maintenance workers and will today enter a third day of negotiation with unions Aviation and Marine Engineers Association (AMEA) and E tū. The unions have now served two tranches of strike notices covering 21, 22 and 23 December.

Air New Zealand General Manager Customer Experience Anita Hawthorne says the airline will do all it can to get customers where they need to be this Christmas.

“We know customers are very concerned about their travel plans at this important time of the year and unfortunately we are not in a position to provide certainty at this time.

“We would like to reassure customers that we remain committed to mediation with unions and we are still hopeful of reaching a resolution which sees strike action averted.

“We are working on contingency plans to keep our flights moving the best we can if, as a worst-case scenario, strike action should go ahead – unfortunately some disruption would be inevitable though.”

At this stage no flight delays or cancellations are in place for the days of the proposed strikes and normal fare conditions remain.

Customers are advised to sign up to Air New Zealand travel alerts and ensure their contact information is in their booking to receive latest flight information. Customers are also advised to avoid calling the airline’s contact centre for information about the strike action as staff currently have no further updates to share.

News from ETu
The unions representing Air New Zealand engineering and logistics workers confirm that last week they issued three full-day strike notices for 21, 22, and 23 December.

Last week union members voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action in response to the company’s low offer and requests for cuts to sick leave and overtime.

E tū and the AMEA remain in mediation with the company. On Monday, union delegates and officials worked with the company late into the night to try and reach an agreement. E tū is committed to this process and to reaching a deal that meets the interests of both our members and the travelling public.

Savage, Head of Aviation at E tū, says “The decision to issue strike notices was not taken lightly. While the bargaining team is trying hard to get a workable offer, the union members are steadfast in their commitment to taking industrial action if necessary.

“We will keep on talking about possible solutions.”