22 Jul 2009 @ 11:01 AM 

Aeroman now maintaining Southwest Airlines aircraft.


Machinists at Air Canada have been sounding the alarm about the maintenance of aircraft in low-cost MROs based in third-world countries, for some time now.  As predicted, airlines, faced with increased financial pressure due to the current economic climate, have begun outsourcing heavy maintenance of their aircraft to such facilities.

Recently Southwest Airlines started having B737 maintenance checks performed in El Salvador, at an MRO called Aeroman.  This is the same MRO inwhich AVEOS, formerly known as Air Canada Technical Services, is a major stake-holder.  Air Canada union members fear the same may eventually happen to their fleet which is currently maintained at heavy maintenance bases in Vancouver, Winnipeg and Montreal.

With comparatively low wages, sub-standard health and safety regulations and  no collective agreement to protect the abundance of available cheap labour, the playing field is definitely not level! As such, it is not possible for us to compete with these types of facilities.

For more information about the Southwest Airlines story:
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