Air Transat flight attendants to vote on new agreement

MONTREAL – The union representing Air Transat flight attendants says they will vote on a new agreement in the coming weeks.

No details of the proposed deal will be released until after the 1,750 flight attendants vote on the tentative agreement between the Montreal-based company (TSX:TRZ) and the Canadian Union of Public Employees.

The flight attendants earlier voted 93.2 per cent against an earlier tentative settlement reached on June 6, just days after they voted in favour of a strike mandate.

Union president Martyn Smith had previously said the company wanted to substantially increase employee workloads. Air Transat declined to comment on the union’s assertion.

A spokeswoman for the Air Transat Component of CUPE said the workers had planned to strike if no deal was reached by Friday at 11:59 p.m. ET.

The previous agreement ended on Oct. 31, 2015, and a federal mediator entered the talks last March.

CUPE represents about 10,000 members in seven airlines, including Air Canada, Sunwing and Air Transat.

“The strike that was announced for next Friday has been averted,” said Smith.

“We have been in intensive talks for the last few days. We will now present the mediator’s recommendation to our members.”