Montreal charter carrier Air Transat A.T. Inc. has advised its flight attendants’ union of impending layoffs unless members agree to unpaid leaves of absence and other job-loss mitigation measures.
In a memo obtained by The Gazette, Nathalie Legault, assistant to the vice-president for inflight service and commissary, advised its 1,800 flight attendants on July 6 that “following the staffing forecasts of the fall 2012/winter 2013 season, layoffs are to be expected.”
“In order to minimize these, you may participate in the mitigation program,” Legault wrote. “We offer leaves of absence, mini-blocks and shared blocks for the Sept. 1, 2012 to Nov. 30, 2012 period.”
The possible cuts come on the heels of concessions by flight attendants in which they agreed to the company’s demand that they freeze their wages for three years – as have maintenance personnel and pilots…