WestJet Flight Attendant Union Welcomes Minister Alghabra and Counts on Alter

CALGARY, Alberta–(Business enterprise WIRE)–The union representing more than 4,100 Flight Attendants at WestJet, WestJet Encore and Swoop, delivers a welcome to The Honourable Omar Alghabra, P.C., M.P. Minister of Transportation.

The Canadian Union of Public Workforce (CUPE) Local 4070 is optimistic that while Canada’s airline sector has to day been excluded from sector unique aid, incoming Minister Alghabra will provide a new point of view and a clean attitude toward assessing our industry, and its national economic importance.

“Canada’s civil aviation sector has endured one particular of the most sizeable impacts and fallout from the COVID-19 Coronavirus and affiliated worldwide pandemic” claimed Chris Rauenbusch, President of CUPE Regional 4070. “As a immediate end result of the a lot of obscure and ever-transforming regulatory prerequisites from the authorities, just about every a single of Canada’s airlines is struggling losses properly past any disaster ever contended with, and to no avail from our federal government to date.”

“The CEWS wage subsidy, while a fantastic support, does not sufficiently deal with the enormous hard cash and liquidity crisis consuming airways because this global pandemic began” continued Rauenbusch. “The market is uncovered to international opponents, as properly as substantial money costs to function which have only absent up, not down for the duration of this pandemic” he famous.

Canada’s air carriers remain in peril awaiting a sector unique airline support deal, identical to these in place in all other G7 Nations, as very well as lots of nations all over the world.

This past Friday, next a number of bulletins of reductions throughout our sector given that the pandemic began, WestJet announced additional community and work reductions of amongst 20 to 30 per cent, impacting about 1,000 employees. On Tuesday, Air Canada declared comprehensive assistance cancellation to Fredericton, NB Yellowknife, NT and all locations in Labrador. More airline cuts are unavoidable must the position quo go on.

Why is Canada the only G7 country with no airline distinct help package deal?

Canada’s civil aviation sector specifically employs more than 241,000 staff, contributes on a yearly basis US$49 billion to Canada’s GDP, and supports 391,000 trickle-down employees throughout the aviation provide chain, the tourism sector, and aviation staff expending (1). These quantities can not continue to be dismissed by authorities, and CUPE Nearby 4070 seems to be to Minister Alghabra to last but not least announce aid which recognizes these details, and institutes meaningful airline sector support laws.

“Continued abandonment of our countrywide civil aviation sector will final result in Canadian jobs likely to foreign carriers, and Canadians obtaining no domestic based airways to provide them. That would be a national disaster” concluded Rauenbusch.

Canada desperately needs motion to retain the prolonged-expression wellbeing of our airline sector, and the hundreds of countless numbers of Canadians whose revenue depended on it. We are counting on Minister Alghabra to preserve our sector.