Union for Vancouver International Airport aircraft fuel workers calls 72-hour lockout notice served by multinational company Servisair effective Friday at midnight “unfortunate, unnecessary and disrespectful to travelling public” – vows to keep negotiating and avoid disruption to Air Canada, WestJet, other airlines

Vancouver – The union representing fuel workers at Vancouver International Airport says a 72-hour lockout notice served by Servisair, a multinational corporation that provides jet fuel to Air Canada, WestJet and other airlines, is unfortunate, unnecessary and disrespectful to the travelling public.

“Servisair is being deliberately and unneccessarily provocative in a sensitive set of labour negotiations by serving lockout notice that could take effect at midnight on Friday,” said Kay Sinclair, Public Service Alliance of Canada BC Regional Executive Vice President.

“Our union is working hard to negotiate a new contract without any disruption or inconvenience to the travelling public,” Sinclair said. “To serve lockout notice while talks continue to be productive is disrespectful to flyers, who may now be concerned that flights could be disrupted.”

Sinclair said negotiations are continuing Wednesday and Thursday with the assistance of a federal conciliation officer and the union remains hopeful that a new agreement for the 73 fuelers and mechanics can be reached soon.

Key issues are wages, retirement benefits and other contract conditions. Union members voted 93 per cent in favour of strike action if necessary but Sinclair said strike notice will not be served while both parties are continuing to negotiate.

“With good faith and hard work at the table we can reach an agreement and avoid inconvenience to the public,” Sinclair said.

Employer Servisair is a Paris-based company that provides fuel to Air Canada, WestJet and other airlines at Vancouver International Airport as well as at more than 128 locations worldwide.

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