|Quoting Gilles hudicourt
When our Air Transat colleagues were being layed-off last fall while our parent company, Group Transat,or one of its fully owned subsidiaries, was contracting flights out to Canjet which was using Foreign pilots to fly its aircraft, we, at Air Transat, felt there was a direct causal relationship between the layoffs and the hiring of the foreign pilots. Our furloughed pilots were real to us, they had names and faces. So we reacted.
stop contracting flights out to said company.
easy to say, but way harder to break a contract involving who knows how many millions. And what are the clauses and conditions of this contract? lots of money might be at stake so you don'tput a term to a contract like this easily. Feel free to elaborate on this technical aspect if you want.
saying "foreign pilots shouldn't fly C registered aircraft" is pointless, as well as sending a petition to the minister.
saying this is trying to cure the consequences instead of the origins. Above all, the poor minister didn't sign this contract between AT and Canjet, he isn't the reason why all this is happening. to him and within his agenda, it'll be business as usual.
Canjet is using regulation to its own interest, they're doing what they have the right to do, and they do what it takes to survive in this industry.
but who canjet is receiving money from ? who contracted them originally ? who is encouraging them by making business with them ?
is it necessary to say a company name ?
then who should AT's pilots challenge: the minister or their own employer ?
if you really want this to stop for real once for ever, and if you want canjet to stop operating with foreign pilots, AT ALPA has to obtain from its own employer to stop contracting them.
and THAT's where things get a little trickier for a pilot group who has a LOT to loose: pilots have a certain tendency to be a very docile workforce. some never ever said no, some have too much at stake to take this chance. and some want to protect their career, reputation, whatever is worth more than few jobs taken by foreign pilots "for as long as I keep my job I don't GARA".....in any circumstances, it's always simpler to bark at the minister than your employer.
you have a union, so use it for something else than protecting your Xmas holidays and other perks.
and that's why we come up with a situation where everybody, on and off the internet, is barking against the hiring of those foreign pilots, but is never addressing the real issue to those who sign the paycheck to canjet and take the decision to contract them.
Can be wrong, can be right, in any case that problem ain't mine: Im just sayin because 3 threads and no cause identified other than "those freakin foreign pilots flying my airplane are making me cranky" is "somewhat" embarrassing in the end.