Air New Zealand strikes called off

Following three days of mediation, Air New Zealand has reached an agreement with the unions representing its logistics and engineering workers. All strike notice has been lifted, cancelling the strikes that threatened to disrupt over 120,000 customers’ travel plans on December 21, 22, and 23.

“We know how important it is to our customers to get where they need to be, particularly at this special time of the year and the negotiating teams have been working diligently to achieve the result,” said Carrie Hurihanganui, chief ground operations officer, Air New Zealand.

The unions will now take the deal to its members to approve it.

“Industrial action of this nature is always a last resort as so it’s a positive sign that we’ve reached an agreement in principle,” said an aviation representative for E tu.

“Unions are democratic organisations, so the most important next step is communicating with our members. We will be recommending the deal to members at ratification meeting over the coming week – then it’s up to the members to discuss and vote on the company offer.”