24 Jun 2011

Air Tahiti Nui threatens strike

12:49 pm on 24 June 2011

Flight crews at French Polynesia's international carrier have threatened to go on strike on June the 27th amid five employment-related demands.

Air Tahiti Nui crews say they will oppose any abusive sackings to clear the way for pilots to be hired from outside.

The airline's management says a strike warning at the start of the peak travel season is irresponsible, given that this comes amid a disciplinary procedure against two employees involved in a fight in a Japanese hotel.

The company says it has been established that the first blow was delivered by an American Airline employee but that the Air Tahiti Nui employees retaliated, leading to an altercation which has prompted the hotel to no longer wish to accommodate two of its staff.

A hearing on the Tokyo incident is due just hours after the start of the planned strike.