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17:50  07 march  2018
17:50  07 march  2018 Source:   reuters.com

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Canada ' s WestJet Airlines must change its hiring strategy for the company's new bargain carrier , Swoop, an Air Line Pilots It was not immediately what conditions the pilots were being offered to fly for Swoop. ALPA had argued that pilots who work for the new no - frills carrier should have the same

MONTREAL, March 6- Canada ' s WestJet Airlines must change its hiring strategy for the company's new bargain carrier , Swoop, an Air Line ALPA had argued that pilots who work for the new no - frills carrier should have the same working conditions as those who fly WestJet planes, with the union

a large passenger jet flying through a blue sky: FILE PHOTO: A WestJet Airlines Boeing 737-700 aircraft prepares to land at Calgary International Airport in Alberta© REUTERS/Todd Korol FILE PHOTO: A WestJet Airlines Boeing 737-700 aircraft prepares to land at Calgary International Airport in Alberta

Canada's WestJet Airlines must change its hiring strategy for the company's new bargain carrier, Swoop, an Air Line Pilots Association executive said on Tuesday, citing a recent Canadian labor board order.

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WestJet Airlines must change its hiring strategy for the company' s new bargain carrier , Swoop, an ALPA had argued that pilots who work for the new no - frills carrier should have the same working In its March 2 order , seen by Reuters, the Canada Industrial Relations Board, or CIRB, told WestJet to

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The country's second-largest carrier can no longer recruit its pilots through two-year leaves of absence to fly for Swoop and will have to rescind any existing offers, Rob McFadyen, chairman of WestJet’s ALPA master executive council, said in a telephone interview.

ALPA, which is negotiating its first contract with Calgary-based WestJet, said the carrier was trying to bypass the union by luring its own pilots to fly for Swoop under different working conditions. It was not immediately what conditions the pilots were being offered to fly for Swoop.

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WestJet ordered to change hiring practices for new no - frills carrier . Last week, the Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) ordered WestJet to end its new policy of offering its pilots a two-year leave of absence if they go to fly for Swoop, the company' s new ultra-low cost carrier .

WestJet ordered to change hiring practices for new no - frills carrier . Flight attendants at the Calgary-based carrier have tried for several years to unionize — a drive that has renewed energy following the unionization of pilots, who are currently negotiating their first contract.

ALPA had argued that pilots who work for the new no-frills carrier should have the same working conditions as those who fly WestJet planes, with the union arguing they should all have the same contract.

In its March 2 order, seen by Reuters, the Canada Industrial Relations Board, or CIRB, told WestJet to "rescind the offer of a two-year leave of absence policy ... in order to fly for Swoop."

The decision risks complicating expansion plans by Calgary-based WestJet, which is growing its international network while launching the no-frills carrier in June, raising analyst concerns.

WestJet spokeswoman Lauren Stewart said by email that Swoop's launch remained on track and that the carrier "remains committed to engaging in constructive dialogue with" the pilots' union.

AltaCorp analyst Chris Murray said by email that it was still too early to determine the "impact this could have on timing or costs, but certainly continues to add to the complexity."

(Reporting By Allison Lampert; Editing by David Gregorio and Peter Cooney)

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