Mexican airline, attendants extend labor talks


MEXICO CITY – Flight attendants at airline Aeromexico extended talks with the company on Sunday in a wage dispute that could ground around 300 aircraft of Mexico’s largest carrier, union sources said.
Aeromexico, owned by investors headed by Citigroup’s local bank Banamex, flies to a dozen cities in the United States and a handful in Europe, Asia and South America. In Mexico, it has more than 20 domestic routes.

Union members agreed to a 4.5 percent raise, up from the company’s offer of 4.25 percent, but talks were stuck over a savings plan that the union said could hurt employee benefits.

The nearly 1,500 flight attendants of Aeromexico, which was privatized last year, originally demanded a 5 percent wage increase.
Union leaders still were negotiating into Sunday morning, beyond the original 12:01 a.m local time (0501 GMT) strike deadline.

The first flights in Mexico likely to be affected by any strike action would be around 7 a.m. local time (1200 GMT). The carrier does not normally operate during the night.