Air Canada Strike

March 24, 2012 by staff 

Air Canada Strike, A wildcat strike by disgruntled Air Canada ground-crew workers came to an end Friday morning, but not before thousands of air travellers were forced to wait on delayed and cancelled craft that didn’t fly – while accusations, involving a minister of the Crown, did.

On Friday afternoon, Federal Labour Minister Lisa Raitt’s office issued a statement denying an incident asserted by the union representing Air Canada’s ground crew took place Thursday night at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport.

The union claimed the wildcat strike – eventually stopped when an arbitrator issued an injunction – was sparked after three workers were suspended for “slow-clapping” Raitt and sarcastically telling her she was doing a “great job.”

Scores of flights were cancelled and delayed after ground-crew workers walked off the job Thursday night and Friday morning.

Airline spokeswoman Isabelle Arthur said Friday morning that an arbitrator had issued an injunction, bringing an end to the job action.

As of midday Friday, more than 100 flights scheduled to depart Toronto’s Pearson International Airport had been delayed or cancelled. It was a similar case for those that were supposed to arrive, and airports in Montreal and Vancouver also were seeing several delays and cancellations of Air Canada flights.

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