A good outcome from the Zeal320 dispute. The deal doesn’t quite close the gap between Zeal320 workers and other AirNZ flight attendants but gets a long way there.
It’s scary going out on strike, not knowing when you’ll be back to normal work and pay. AirNZ played very dirty. Zeal320 workers’ rosters were purposely organised to decrease their allowances and for maximum inconvenience. The Zeal320 workers were painted as traitors in propaganda to other AirNZ workers – turning the ‘Air New Zealanders’ workplace cult against them. To my mind, that was extremely short-sighted of AirNZ. They were revealed as bullies and damaged their brand.
Now, the workers will just be wanting to get along with their jobs and AirNZ will be wondering why they didn’t just offer a decent deal in the first place.