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Typhoonpilot
11-02-2017, 03:29 PM
Maybe I missed it on here, but there does not seem to be any talk of the Avianca pilot strike in Colombia. Union pilots on strike for higher wages might be something ALPA could get behind. At least to inform pilots in America what is going on. Brookfield Advisors is actively advertising for scabs on the 787 for 3 months contracts at Avianca. Might be worth putting it out that the contract is for scabs so someone doesn't make a terrible mistake. There is also a Spanish airline flying struck work.

The Avianca pilots are a good group they deserve some support.

Once again, ALPA at the forefront of advancing our profession :rolleyes:

https://thecitypaperbogota.com/news/avianca-issues-striking-pilots-ultimatum-as-dispute-nears-first-month/18227


Bbbggg
03-01-2018, 04:14 PM
Does anyone know what the work environment is presently at Avianca? Since the pilots were ordered back to work late last year after more than 700 of the 1300 pilots went on strike for better working conditions and higher pay, there has not been much said. I would appreciate to hear from an Avianca line pilot if possible.

Typhoonpilot
03-02-2018, 12:28 AM
Does anyone know what the work environment is presently at Avianca? Since the pilots were ordered back to work late last year after more than 700 of the 1300 pilots went on strike for better working conditions and higher pay, there has not been much said. I would appreciate to hear from an Avianca line pilot if possible.


Can't say for sure, but I do know that they have B787s parked for lack of crew. Apparently a lot of senior guys bailed after the unsuccessful strike.


Bbbggg
03-02-2018, 06:07 AM
Ok thank you

Typhoonpilot
03-07-2018, 03:05 AM
Apparently 35 pilots involved in the strike were terminated a day or two ago, hearing numbers of close to 100 terminated so far. Trying to get more information from contacts in Bogota now.



Global Pilots Condemn Avianca Airlines Management’s Union Busting Actions


March 02, 2018 05:00 PM Eastern Standard Time


MONTREAL--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA) condemns the union busting conduct of Avianca Airlines management who terminated the President of the Colombian Pilots’ Union (Acdac), for carrying out his legitimate union activities. We understand that Avianca management is planning similar discipline for many more pilots in retaliation for supporting their union.

Captain Ron Abel, IFALPA President, stated that this outrageous anti-union conduct cannot be tolerated. Avianca pilots and workers are being denied their basic human right to collectively bargain salary and working conditions and not to be subject to discrimination based on union membership.

This behavior, in our view, also violates the Labor Action Plan in the current U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement and the International Labor Organization Fundamental Conventions 87 & 98 that Colombia has ratified, which protect the rights of workers to organize, bargain collectively, and engage in industrial action.

IFALPA is also concerned that the “non-punitive” or “Positive Safety Culture” recommendation from The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), a United Nations Specialized Agency, has been undermined by the actions of Avianca management. Flight Safety is a pilot’s number one priority. Distractions, concerns about employment status, and difficult relationships with the employer, can adversely impact a pilot’s focus on his primary function, the safe operation of the aircraft.

IFALPA urges Avianca management to change its course and work to regain the trust of its pilots in order to reestablish a Positive Safety Culture environment.

Captain Abel pledges the full support of IFALPA to the Avianca pilots represented by Acdac to reinstate them to their positions with no retaliation by Avianca management. IFALPA will be communicating with the appropriate Colombian government officials to seek their intervention and bring this unfortunate matter to a mutually satisfactory conclusion.