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The New Zealand Air Line Pilots' Association Newsletter.

Negotiations Update

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

Air Traffic Control – Advocate Adam Nicholson

The proposed Collective Employment Agreement was rejected by a significant majority of members. Reasons for the rejection are being collected, collated and considered before formally reconnecting with Airways. The next meeting has been scheduled for October 3.

Virgin Australia New Zealand – Advocate Adam Nicholson

Meetings were held during 13-15 September with parties continuing to work through the joint interests of access to all pilots across all ports, parity of pay, and conditions with the Australian-based Virgin Australia pilots.

Massey University’s School of Aviation – Advocate Adam Nicholson

The proposed settlement was rejected unanimously. We are re-engaging with the university on 2 October to seek a resolution.

L3 CTS – Advocate Adam Nicholson

Negotiations have reached a point where a significant number of issues have been resolved “in principle,” and work between meetings is taking place to draft provisions in the collective employment agreement (CEA) reflecting this. Progress has also been made in the standard provisions which occur in all CEAs and in areas such as sick leave, seniority and career progression. Areas such as salaries, redundancy provisions, and notice periods, among others, are yet to be resolved.

Flight Service - Andrew Ridling (Industrial Director)

Negotiations will be initiated in early October.

Air New Zealand Simulator Instructors - Advocate Adam Nicholson

Negotiations will be initiated in October.

Northland Emergency Services Trust (NEST) - Dawn Handforth (GM) and Andrew Ridling (Industrial Director)

We are awaiting the CEO’s return from leave to commence discussions. A base meeting has been held with members.

Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust (ARHT) - Dawn Handforth (GM) and Andrew Ridling (Industrial Director)

A constructive meeting was held with the CEO at the beginning of September, who has publicly encouraged pilots to join NZALPA. There was a broad discussion on the status of negotiations with NASO, the proposed merger and the Flight and Duty Time scheme, and how to progress collective bargaining efficiently. Preliminary work is being done to draft a CEA framework to be used once the detail of the NASO contract is finalised with the Government. Both parties are in agreement about the importance of pragmatically working together to achieve satisfactory outcomes.

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