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Negotiations Update

Current and ongoing negotiations involving NZALPA are detailed below. For any queries related to negotiations, please email office@nzalpa.org.nz

Jetconnect – Advocate, Mark Dignan

On 10 August Jetconnect members ratified their new Collective Employment Agreement which will run to April 2020.

Some of the improvements and changes to the CEA include:

  • An increase to 10 Rostered Days Off (RDOs)
  • Priority RDO requests
  • First Officers will now be employed from the start of their training and paid from commencement of training
  • Annual salary increases of 3%, 2.5%, 2.5%
  • Back pay of base salary, paid as a sign-on bonus
  • Rest and meal breaks claim settled with fortnightly payments
  • Part time provisions

Regular meetings between the Contract Management Group, Jetconnect Council and the Roster Review Committee have been scheduled to resolve issues that may arise during the term of the Collective Employment Agreement. This would include improvements that can be made to the reserve system to create a more stable roster for pilots.

Air Traffic Controllers/Airways – Advocate Adam Nicholson

A proposed settlement was reached with Airways to roll over the Collective Employment Agreement with no changes to conditions.

A working party has been established to review the pay structure within the Agreement. The proposed pay increase is as follows: Year 1 – 2% backdated to the expiry of the previous document on 1 April 2018; 2.4% on 1 April 2019; and 2.4% on 1 April 2020.

Virgin Australia New Zealand – Advocate Adam Nicholson

Negotiations commenced with Virgin Australia on 16 and 17 August. For the two days of discussions, NZALPA and Virgin ascertained mutual interests and considered possible opportunities these interests presented.

NZALPA’s key issues include: Establishment of a Leave Bank; pay equality with Virgin Australia; lifestyle improvements; security of employment; and continued career opportunities in New Zealand.

The employer’s key interest is focussed on interoperability between New Zealand and Australian pilots, with all pilots being able to fly all Virgin routes.

The next meetings are scheduled for 12 – 14 September 2018.

L3 – Advocate Adam Nicholson

Negotiations with L3 continued on 3 and 4 September.

This is a first Collective Employment Agreement negotiation for L3 and, to date, negotiations have been amicable and constructive.

Canterbury Aero Club – Advocate, Tom Buckley

A settlement was reached, and the new Collective Employment Agreement has been ratified.

Massey School of Aviation – Advocate Tom Buckley

Massey proposed a settlement that the NZALPA bargaining team could not recommend. Consequently, the proposed settlement was put to the members as a conscience vote, with the bargaining team agreeing not to undermine the offer.

The offer was unanimously rejected by the membership. We have asked Massey School of Aviation to meet with us again to discuss reaching an acceptable settlement.

Air Freight – Advocate Tom Buckley

A settlement was reached, and the new Collective Employment Agreement has now been ratified.

Northland Emergency Service Trust (NEST) – Advocate Andrew Ridling (Industrial Director)

NZALPA formally initiated bargaining with NEST on 23 August. Next steps are to meet with the employer to discuss the bargaining process agreement and how bargaining might progress in parallel with Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust (ARHT) as these two entities manage their merger as part of the government’s review of helicopter emergency medical services. Concerns of the pilots relate to having an active voice in the transition process to ensure a safe flight and duty scheme is adopted and terms and conditions of employment are not eroded.

Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust (ARHT) - Advocate Andrew Ridling (Industrial Director)

NZALPA formally initiated bargaining with ARHT on 23 August. Next steps are to meet with the employer to discuss the bargaining process agreement and how bargaining might progress in parallel with NEST as these two entities manage their merger as part of the government’s review of helicopter emergency medical services. Concerns of the pilots relate to having an active voice in the transition process to ensure a safe flight and duty scheme is adopted and terms and conditions of employment are not eroded.

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