International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW)

International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW)

December 12, 2011 09:00 ET

British Airways Christmas Flights Threatened by Machinists!

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Dec. 12, 2011) - British Airways flights from Vancouver and Calgary may be in jeopardy over the Christmas holidays because of possible strike action by members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

British Airways Ticket Agents, members of IAMAW District Lodge 140 voted 88 per cent in favour of strike action and they could legally walk off the job December 17. "These people are routinely required to stay after their scheduled shift without being paid overtime," explained IAMAW District Lodge 140 General Chairperson Todd Haverstock. "Monetary issues are the big stumbling block and so far the employer has failed to address our concerns. We are not telling people to cancel their flights but our strike mandate is clear and the ball is now in the employer's court. We will strike if pushed."

The two sides will meet with a conciliator on December 13 and 14. The IAMAW is the largest union in the Canadian air transport sector.

Contact Information

  • IAMAW Grand Lodge Representative
    Ron Fontaine
    604-448-0721 or 604-340-2083

    IAMAW District Lodge 140
    Todd Haverstock
    General Chairperson
    604-448-0721 or 604-518-0029

    Bill Trbovich
    Director of Communications
    416-386-1789 ext#6331 or 416-735-9765