US - A group of pilots from eight airlines has agreed to take "extensive measures of mutual support" for both Delta and Northwest airlines should they decide to strike.
The SkyTeam Pilots Association (SPA), which together with members NWA and Delta fly nearly a quarter of the world’s passengers every year, yesterday signed a mutual assistance agreement that pledged their “wholehearted and unwavering support” to the two airlines as talks with management continue.
Those talks have stalled in recent times -Delta reportedly offered pilots a US$300m payment should the pilot’s pension plan be terminated, but it has been claimed pilots wanted as much as $1bn. NWA pilots, meanwhile, had seen their pay cut by 39%, while their pensions were frozen in early February.
The SPA agreement has provided for specific and extensive measures of mutual support should the Delta or Northwest pilots exercise a legal strike in response to Delta and Northwest management actions, said chairman of Delta pilots union's executive committee Lee Moak [pictured].
“The signing of today’s agreement sends a strong message to senior executives that pilots around the globe stand united with their Delta and Northwest colleagues in their struggle to avoid rejection of their collective labour agreements.”
The SPA, which maintains international codeshare agreements with Delta Air Lines, Northwest Airlines and each other, consists of: AeroMexico, Air France, Alitalia, CSA Czech Airlines, KLM, Korean Air, Continental, Northwest and Delta.
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