ANZ Concludes FARSA Bargaining

17th Jan 2003

Air New Zealand has concluded bargaining with the international long haul cabin crew affiliated to FARSA (Flight Attendants and Related Services Association) after the parties failed to reach an agreement in negotiations today.
Air New Zealand Senior Vice President Customer Services, Brendan Fitzgerald, said the airline would now be reviewing the situation.

“During the last few months Air New Zealand has met with FARSA on a number of occasions and during this time the company has put forward several proposals in a sincere attempt to reach agreement,” said Mr Fitzgerald.

“In spite of negotiations and mediation, FARSA has continued to reject our offers and consequently the company has no alternative but to conclude bargaining at this point,” he said.

The outstanding concerns of FARSA related to rostering issues of Air New Zealand cabin crew working on long haul flights.

When previous discussions failed to resolve the issues, members of FARSA employed by Air New Zealand undertook industrial action on two separate occasions last year - involving two 14 hour strikes on 27 and 29 November.


The strike action affected Air New Zealand services to Australia, the Pacific Islands and Asia which resulted in the cancellation of some services and delays in the departure of some flights.



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