Pilots at Canada's WestJet Airlines issue 72-hour strike notice

FILE PHOTO: WestJet airline signage is pictured at Vancouver's international airport in Richmond,

(Reuters) -WestJet Encore pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), has issued a 72-hour strike notice to WestJet Encore management and the government, ALPA said on Wednesday.

"After eight months of negotiating, and a failed TA, unfortunately management has not recognized the pilots' needs", said Carin Kenny, chair of the ALPA Master Executive Council.

WestJet said it had issued an advance lockout notice to the union and as a result a work stoppage could occur as early on June 1, unless a deal is reached.

The announcement comes following the failed ratification of the tentative agreement between the two sides on May 10.

The carrier said the lockout notice does not mean travel disruption will occur. It will, however, prepare to operate a reduced schedule and provide flexible change and cancel options for those who wish to make alternative arrangements.

(Reporting by Kannaki Deka in Bengaluru; Editing by Arun Koyyur)