WestJet employees vote to strike if negotiations fail

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WestJet workers vote to strike if talks fail

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WestJet airport workers could go on strike if no agreement is reached with the airline.

Union members of Unifor Local 531, who represent More than 700 WestJet employees at Calgary and Vancouver airports have voted to call a strike if negotiations to establish a new contract with the airline fail. /p>

The employees voted 98% in favor of the strike. They could strike as early as July 27. Unifor is required to give 72 hours' notice of any walkouts.

The union representing baggage handlers and customer service agents in particular says the wage issue is the main point of concern. litigation.

Salary scale has not been increased in five years, giving WestJet employees the lowest salaries in the industry Canadian Aviation Association, said Scott Doherty, spokesperson for Unifor.

Angela Avery, vice president of human resources at WestJet considers this vote in favor of a strike as a common step in negotiations that is not unexpected.

She adds that the company wants to negotiate a deal that will benefit all airport employees.

According to WestJet , the majority of its airport employees have been on the job for less than a year, and several have already received seniority-related raises.

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