Air New Zealand Proposes ‘Take it or Leave it’ Offer to Staff

Air New Zealand Proposes ‘Take it or Leave it’ Offer to StaffIt has been unveiled recently that Air New Zealand engineering jobs' fate has been hanging in the balance for one additional year.

A total of 180 jobs are at risk since a "take it or leave it" offer has been put forth by the national airline on cutbacks in the wide-bodied grave maintenance work.

Bruce Parton, Chief Operating Officer of the company, affirmed the work for the aforementioned part of the firm's Auckland engineering base had desiccated. The reason behind the same was introduction of more modern aircraft by the airline and its customers to their fleets that need less frequent maintenance.

As per the findings, the proposal put in front of staff is a hint that $12 million would be saved by the airline from outsourcing the work worth of one year to Europe or Asia. The money could be saved in next May when the heavy maintenance contract work of the company for Hawaiian Airlines' 767 aircraft would finish.

However, the work would be put in-house if the Aviation Marine Engineers Association and the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union (EPMU) concur to upturn the collective contracts till 2015, said Air New Zealand.

"We don't want to get to the middle of next year and find the unions take some position that would lead to long contractual negotiations. We need certainty to do this business", avowed Parton.