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Air NZ Welcomes Union’s Vote Ratification

23 February 2006

Air New Zealand Welcomes Union’s Vote Ratification

Air New Zealand has welcomed tonight’s ratification by AMEA union members in Christchurch of a proposal that will see the retention of wide body heavy maintenance work in New Zealand.

The outcome of today’s vote now means that unions in both Auckland and Christchurch support a new collective employment agreement and the labour reforms it contains.

“This is very good news and gives us the confidence to reverse our decision to outsource wide body heavy maintenance. This means that around 300 positions originally identified for disestablishment will be saved,” says Air New Zealand Chief Executive Rob Fyfe.

“This is a good decision for ANZES and its staff, for Air New Zealand and for New Zealand itself.

“It was essential that we had full support of staff for this Collective Agreement. We were not prepared to consider retaining this business in-house without the commitment of ANZES staff,” says Mr Fyfe.

The result of today’s vote means that across the whole of ANZES there is two thirds majority support for the new collective employment agreement and the reform.

“This is solid support and is exactly what we require to place this business on the footing it needs to become viable in a tough and competitive market. Far from being an end, this is just the beginning. Much work has to be done to streamline the business, but this vote is a sound foundation from which to do this.”

Mr Fyfe said he wanted to acknowledge the significant effort of the management team, together with union officials and delegates over the past few months.

“We are committed to a modern and competitive Air New Zealand which is smart and nimble. A positive, flexible and committed workforce at ANZES is a vital part of our vision for the Company,” says Mr Fyfe.

ENDS

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