Management said CAL’s systems, which are accustomed to working with strict regulatory frameworks, are in sync with procedures being introduced for reopening
With borders reopening tomorrow, the Aviation and Communication Allied Workers’ Union (ACAWU) is examining proposals from Caribbean Airlines (CAL) management on the restructuring of the airline’s cabin crew, with the option to continue to stay at home until November minus pay, or volunteer for retrenchment.
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ACAWU general secretary Peter Farmer confirmed this yesterday in a statement, following Wednesday’s meeting between ACAWU and CAL management.
CAL, now restructuring, is in consultations with workers’ representatives, including on the projected staff reduction of 450 people.
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Farmer said ACAWU represents several hundred workers from cabin crew and pursers to ground staff and other levels.
Her said ACAWU members are all supportive of tomorrow’s reopening and will be working, but «we just don’t want retrenchment.»
CAL is ready for tomorrow’s border re-opening operations with international and domestic airbridge flights scheduled.
Management said CAL’s systems, which are accustomed to working with strict regulatory frameworks, are in sync with procedures being introduced for reopening.
CAL was grounded in March 2020 by pandemic-induced border closure, subsequently limited to repatriation flights.
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ACAWU and CAL management held meetings on July 9 and 14 on CAL’s proposals.
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Farmer added, «The reduction of manpower requirement through layoffs and retrenchment is a prerogative of company management. With that caveat, ACAWU can say there have been some positive developments in terms of what was initially in the public domain.
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«Originally, CAL determined that with reduction of fleet numbers and reduction of schedule, there must necessarily be a change in manpower requirements. However, ACAWU’s first priority was that of job preservation. CAL is now on record as saying that pertaining to jobs within ACAWU’s bargaining unit, it’s unlikely that permanent staff (including cabin crew) will be affected in terms of retrenchment.
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«That being said, there still has to be discussions on the way forward, as CAL will not be operating at its previous levels in the immediate future. CAL’s expected to operate at previous levels in the second quarter of 2022.’’
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