WestJet pilots vote 62 in favour of forming first union at Canadas

CALGARY — The Air Line Pilots Association, International says more than 1,400 WestJet pilots have voted 62 per cent in favour of forming the first union at Canada’s second-largest airline.The ALPA says that once the results are certified by the Canada Industrial Relations Board, it will be the exclusive bargaining agent for WestJet pilots.WestJet chief executive Gregg Saretsky said in a statement that the airline (TSX:WJA) is disappointed with the outcome of the vote, but will now focus on engaging in constructive dialogue with the ALPA.The airline has long opposed unionization and has seen several union votes fail over the years, including a pilot vote in 2015.Rob McFadyen, a member of the WestJet ALPA Organizing Committee, stated that the vote was about ensuring support in issues like health, retirement, fatigue, safety, family support and legal protection.Pilots at WestJet have so far been represented by the internal company WestJet Pilots’ Association.More to come…The Canadian Press read more

Worlds cities must embrace inclusiveness or face poverty and conflict Annan

“Otherwise, they will remain reservoirs of poverty and potential flashpoints of conflict – and ultimately, barriers to advancing the human condition,” he told the UN World Urban Forum in Barcelona, Spain, in a message delivered by Mervat Tallawy, Executive Director of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA).”A globalizing world of movement and migration brings with it fears and tensions, which governments and local authorities can overcome only with sensitivity and skill,” Mr. Annan said.”Only by bringing all communities and all citizens, new and old, into the development process and into the halls of urban governance as full partners, will we stand a chance of achieving sustainable development and the Millennium Development Goals.”These goals set by the UN Millennium Summit of 2000 seek to halve extreme poverty and hunger, reduce infant and maternal mortality and achieve other social goals, all by 2015.”I urge you to intensify your diplomatic efforts by working with your fellow citizens and local authorities across the world, and within your borders, too, by fostering cooperation among your often disparate communities,” Mr. Annan declared.Some 3,000 delegates are attending this second gathering of the UN Human Settlements Programme’s (UN-HABITAT) World Urban Forum, a ground-breaking global initiative held every two years to address the main challenge of the new Millennium – the planet’s transition to an urban world. The theme of this year’s forum is “Cities: Crossroads of cultures, inclusiveness and integration?”UN-HABITAT is the UN agency for human settlements. It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all. read more

Prince Harry receives colourful welcome at Nepalese embassy

first_imgHis highness Prince Harry attended an event at the Nepalese embassy in London to mark the 200 years relationship between the UK and Nepal. He spoke fondly of his time spent in the country after the earthquake, and of the Gurkha regiment. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.last_img