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WestJet pilots issue Friday strike notice as thousands plan for long-weekend travel

BY Connect News, May 16, 2023 6:43 PM - REPORT AN ERROR

About 1,850 unionized WestJet pilots are preparing to strike. (Photo: The Canadian Press)

The union representing WestJet pilots has given a 72-hour strike notice to the company and the government on Monday night.

Pilots may go on strike before the May long-weekend.

A lockout notice has also been issued by the WestJet Group.

WestJet said that the disruption in operations may start from 3 am on Friday.

WestJet said that the affected passengers will be refunded or given other facilities as per the availability.

About 1,850 unionized WestJet pilots are preparing to strike.

Better wages, job security and scheduling are key issues, according to the union.

The company's CEO Alexis von Hoensbroech wrote in a tweet on Monday night that he has been personally involved in the talks and is committed to reaching a reasonable agreement soon.

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