Gilles, yes we require work visas depending on the length of stay and the country we're in. How is that fishy? Secondly the pilot group does not want forced deployments on F Reg aircraft without proper terms and conditions. Wet leases are way better for our group. Our contract, our work rules, our dispatch, crew sched and Maint.
Now can you please direct me to your posts on air transat hiring foreign pilots through Canjet? What is ALPA transat/Canjet doing about it?
Air Transat does not hire foreign pilots.
Transat AT, not Air Transat, is under contract with Canjet for Wet-Leases, like the had been in the past with WestJet. At least Canjet and Westjet are Canadian Companies, which we can credit Transat for.
Transat owns no shares in Canjet or vice-versa. The same way Transat had no say in how Westjet ran its company when the two companies were linked by contractual agreements, Transat has no say in how Canjet runs its company today. They are totally distinct, unlike the TUI-Sunwing-Thomson etc relationship.
This being said, last year Canjet hired 31 foreign pilots under LMOs. I am 100 per cent against the practice, want to see it stopped by all companies. I would prefer to see Canjet either hire temporary Canadian pilots for the winter season or enter into a reciprocal agreement with European carriers to import additional pilots in the winter, carriers that would hire an equal number of Canadian pilots in the summer.
I cannot speak on behalf of ALPA, but I do know that ALPA's President, who as the representative of Canjet's Canadian pilots, spoke against the practice of hiring foreign pilots in front on the Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communication.
There is a trend among some Canadian air carriers to augment their flight crew contingent on a seasonal basis with foreign pilots. Foreign pilots have been hired at Sunwing, CanJet and what was
Skyservice. In some cases, the foreign pilots fly the carriers’ Canadian-registered aircraft; in others, the Canadian carrier uses both foreign aircraft and crew. Foreign workers require a permit to work in Canada. Employers wishing to engage foreign workers can assist them in obtaining this permit by making an application to HRSDC for a labour market opinion, or an LMO. The guidelines for the foreign
worker program stipulate that eligible foreign workers are allowed to work in Canada for an authorized period if the employer can demonstrate that they are unable to find suitable Canadians or permanent residents to fill the jobs and that the entry of the workers will not have a negative impact on the Canadian labour market. The employers in these cases stipulate that the pilots must be type-rated, which is different than having a licence, on a certain model of aircraft. Rather than hire non-rated pilots and train them, the carrier applies to have foreign pilots fill the positions on a seasonal members basis. We are of the opinion that there is not currently a shortage of pilots in Canada. Rather than utilizing the labour market opinion to fill genuine personnel shortages, the program is being used to create economic advantages as the carriers can eliminate training costs and hire a pilot only seasonally.
What that clear enough ?