Tentative agreement reached at WestJet for Vancouver and Calgary employees

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Agreement in principle reached at WestJet for employees in Vancouver and Calgary

The 700 employees had earlier this week threatened to go on strike as of Wednesday.

The airline company WestJet announced on Sunday that it had reached an agreement in principle with the union of Unifor Local 531, which represents more than 700 WestJet employees at Calgary and Vancouver airports.

Details of the deal were not disclosed. The agreement will be presented to union members in the coming days.

This agreement is unveiled only a few days after these employees voted 98% in favor of a strike in the event of failure of negotiations. A strike could thus have been called from Wednesday.

The salary scale is one of the main points of contention. Unifor spokesman Scott Doherty said at the time that WestJet's wages were the lowest in the Canadian aviation industry.

On both sides of the bargaining table, the tone seems to be one of rejoicing.

The union believes that the agreement brings long-overdue wage increases and improvements in working conditions.

WestJet is also pleased with this agreement, which recognizes the important contributions of its valued airport employees and takes into account the long-term success of the company.

< p class="e-p">In a statement shared on Sunday, the company's vice-president, Angela Avery, considers that this agreement reflects both the respect of the company towards its employees, but also the desire of the company to meet the important and long-awaited travel plans of customers, in this critical period of recovery for the Canadian sector of the travel and tourism.

With information from La Presse canadienne

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