Air New Zealand: Aircraft maintenance personnel plan strike action on 21-Dec-2018

    Air New Zealand stated (07-Dec-2018) two unions representing approximately 1000 Air New Zealand aircraft maintenance, aircraft logistics and associated personnel notified the airline of plans to undertake strike action on 21-Dec-2018, with further action expected to follow. Air New Zealand aircraft maintenance GM Viv de Beus stated “We have only been in negotiations with this group for six weeks so industrial action is entirely premature. We remain committed to working closely with the engineers’ unions to reach a reasonable agreement and avoid strike action if at all possible”. The airline noted approximately 42,000 passengers are scheduled to travel with Air New Zealand on 21-Dec-2018.