Standby87 - In order to keep the company in business, management developed a Survival Plan. Every part of that plan neds to be implemented in order for the company to make it. All the other unions agreed - it was only IMPACT, the pilots union (now isn't that just a great name for a pilots union?
) that refused to play ball.
The company wants a minimum rest period of 10 hours. Minimum, not maximum. This is completely acceptable under the IAA regulations; it's acceptable under the UK's CAP371 (the document setting out flight time limitations) and it's acceptable in the US as well.
This is not a safety issue - it's the union trying to flex its muscles like they used to be able to do in the 1970s and 80s. Those days are long gone now, thank goodness!
Incidentally, this poses an interesting question. Pilots pose themselves as 'professionals' - yet professionals do not have unions. Pilots generally have very blue-collar working practices - should they therefore simply be regarded as 'labour providers'? If they want to be treated as professionals, they should work as such.