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Request for Mutual Assistance for IsrALPA – CAL

August 22, 2022

 Dear Colleagues, 

We would like to make you aware of a developing situation facing some of our ISRALPA colleagues. 

ISRALPA advises that the 43 pilots of “Challenge Airlines IL” former CAL Cargo Air Lines (CAL), an all-cargo operator based in Israel, have begun a strike as of 17 August 2022. The pilots have been in negotiations for more than 6 months since the expiration of their CLA at the end of 2021. The main dispute relates to outsourcing their work. The airline management has set up an “alter ego” cargo operation in Belgium, using non-unionized pilots and now has plans to set up another non-union operation using a Maltese AOC. Sadly, this story has many familiar overtones to what many of our MAs have been facing at an accelerating rate as we exit into a post-pandemic world. 

Challenge group management has refused to bargain in good faith and has forcefully and in a one-sided move, transitioned an aircraft out of the Israeli operation into the Belgian operation while refusing to provide any significant details of their business plans in order to allow free and fair collective bargaining. This leaves the CAL pilots with little or possible zero work in the near future and perhaps beyond. CAL pilots also report that management refuses to engage with them in any meaningful way on any of their proposals. 

This is indeed a classic David and Goliath story where a consortium led by the Challenge Group who owns CAL is attempting to intimidate and bully a small pilot group in a small country. We need to let them know the worlds’ pilots are watching and taking a keen interest in what is happening to their brother and sister pilots at CAL. 

On behalf of the CAL pilots ISRALPA is requesting the Mutual Assistance outlined below as per the IFALPA Industrial Manual and further requests letters of support for their pilot group to be sent to the attention of Vice Chair Daniel Roberts [email protected] 

 Mutual Assistance requested starting on 18 August 2022 and until further notice: 

  1. Ban on Wet Leasing IND2.4.1
  2. Increased Capacity and/or Freeze IND2.4.2
  3. Recruitment Ban IND 2.4.3
  4. Denial of Training Facilities IND2.4.4
  5. Assistance to Pilots Stranded Away from their Home Base IND2.4.5 485 McGill Street, Suite 700, Montreal, Quebec, H2Y 2H4, Canada | Tel. +1 514 419 1191 |
  6. Prohibition of Pilot Contracting IND2.4.6
  7. IFALPA Submissions and Representation IND2.4.7 

An expanded explanation of the Mutual Assistance requested can be found in the appendix attached or can be found in the Industrial Manual, Chapter 2. 

Thank you all for demonstrating your solidarity with our pilot family in Israel. IsrALPA will keep IFALPA and its Member Associations informed of any further developments. 

In Unity, 

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