Air New Zealand strike

Herald Sun - - NEWS -

AIR New Zealand en­gi­neers are plan­ning to strike in the days be­fore Christ­mas, dis­rupt­ing the travel plans of thou­sands of trav­ellers.

Air New Zealand says unions have told it about 1000 main­te­nance staff will take in­dus­trial ac­tion over a pay dis­pute on De­cem­ber 21, the air­line’s busiest day of the year.

About 42,000 in­ter­na­tional and do­mes­tic trav­ellers were booked to travel that day alone and now faced po­ten­tial can­cel­la­tions, the com­pany said.

Air­craft main­te­nance gen­eral man­ager Viv de Beus said the call for a strike was “en­tirely pre­ma­ture” and unions were us­ing the hol­i­day rush as a bar­gain­ing chip.

Worker’s union E tu re­jected that, say­ing Air NZ had taken an “un­nec­es­sar­ily ag­gres­sive” pos­ture in talks.

The par­ties have agreed to meet on Mon­day.

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