Air NZ strike notice lifted

Air New Zealand strikes planned for three days before Christmas have been called off. This will be a relief for the many people who would have been affected.

I presume some sort of agreement or compromise has been made between the airline and union, but I also expect there would have been a lot of anger expressed to them. I don’t know how badly pay negotiations were going, but threatening to strike at Christmas looked a bit like industrial blackmail.

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  1. Gezza

     /  13th December 2018

    Was on 1ewes at 6 last night:

    Jacinda Ardern has appealed to Air New Zealand and its engineers to reach a resolution, saying “no one wants to see that strike occurring” over the Christmas period.

    It comes after aviation unions revealed yesterday the strike notice they had issued last week was for three days – December 21, 22 and 23.

    It has been estimated it could impact up to 100,000 travellers.

    “I have urged both parties directly to do all they can to reach resolution today,” Ms Ardern said.

    +video
    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/pm-urges-air-nz-dispute-reach-resolution-no-one-wants-see-go-ahead?utm_variant=taboola_visible_1

    The magic touch. Kindness has prevailed. 🤔

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    • Gezza

       /  13th December 2018

      Is one detecting the faint scent of a possible cunning set up in the air? 🐧

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      • Duker

         /  13th December 2018

        or maybe Air NZ has changed its mind about cutting the pay rates of some of its staff that are essential to aircraft maintenance?
        After all Airlines charge more , much more for seats on planes around this time of the year ( no discounts) and feel they can share some of that with the employees

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        • NOEL

           /  13th December 2018

          Latest is that Air New Zealand played the divide an conquer game and cancelled all christmas leave claiming the potential strike as the reason.
          Bet that doesn’t make 1 news?

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    • NOEL

       /  13th December 2018

      I’m a bit skeptical on the figures on how many travelers would be affected.
      “The airline warns that if the strike goes ahead, the plans of more than 40,000 people flying domestically and internationally will be at risk.”
      Turbo prop engineers are not a part of this strike.

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    • NOEL

       /  13th December 2018

      Seems the 40,000 figure was derived from dividing the total passengers moved last year both domestic (turbo prop and jet) and international (jet)l by 365. Then a travel agent elevated it to 100,000.

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  2. Ardern appeals, and the militant union just rolls over? A cynic might suggest it was a Union game to give Ardern a win. But at what cost? The price of everything is going to have to go up to cover all the increased wages that have come out of all the strikes since Labour came into government. Taxpayers and consumers will just have to wait till they see the eye-watering, wallet-gouging fine print.

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  3. George

     /  13th December 2018

    Outsource all engineering to Australian firms.
    Cleaning, refueling and so on to private contracting firms and lay off the $100,00+ bullies

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    • Duker

       /  13th December 2018

      Most ‘heavy ‘ maintenance is now done in Asia anyway, much cheaper than Australia. As planes are spending their overnight time on the ground in NZ rather than Oz ( due to time zones) thats why the shorter overnight checks are done here.
      Airlines charge much more at busy times for passengers to travel, maybe thats where the unions got their stategy for negoiation time.

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  4. duperez

     /  13th December 2018

    I’m not saying there’s paranoia or some other condition about Jacinda Arden being involved in every aspect of our existence but if there are some potholes on our country road do I go crook about how roading has gone to crap since she’s been PM? And if my spouse’s union sorted their employment contract it’s down to Ardern?

    As far as waiting to see the “eye-watering, wallet gouging” small print in the Air NZ engineers agreement? Will that be after the mindless hysterical nonsense phase?

    AirNZ negotiators with any sense would’ve been trying to settle with a little sweetener which saw a time frame on contracts which meant negotiations weren’t being done at this time of year.

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    • Duker

       /  13th December 2018

      Same when Key was PM. Every minor detail – ask Key , get to write another story based on that. Its been transferred to Ardern.
      Trump is much the same but why it should get more than marginal coverage here is a mystery
      Its cheap news for the click bait era

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  5. Zedd

     /  13th December 2018

    “lets do this.. ” 😀

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    • Duker

       /  13th December 2018

      Illl raise you a ‘Brighter future’ – wasnt that Keys catchphrase in first term?

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  6. robertguyton

     /  13th December 2018

    Jacinda talked with the engineers, then talked with AirNZ management, nek minute…

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    • Gezza

       /  13th December 2018

      … Sir John Key, stepped in, had a beer & a chat with the boys, & sorted it?

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    • NOEL

       /  13th December 2018

      Latest is that Air New Zealand played the divide an conquer game and cancelled all christmas leave claiming the potential strike as the reason.
      Bet that doesn’t make 1 news?

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