Air Canada Strike News

March 9, 2012 by staff 

Air Canada Strike News, Travel agents barraged by calls from panicky customers are relieved that Air Canada will be flying on Monday. For the moment at least, March Break has been saved.

Federal Labour Minister Lisa Raitt referred disputes between the airline and its pilots’ and machinists’ unions to the Canada Industrial Relations Board on Thursday. Earlier in the day, Air Canada served notice it would lock out its 3,000 pilots on Monday, at the same time the airline’s 8,600 mechanics and baggage and cargo handlers were threatening to strike.

The intervention from Ottawa prevents work stoppages that would have disrupted service during a peak travel period. Raitt referred a similar dispute between Air Canada and flight attendants to the relations board last October before the parties agreed to arbitration.

As it stands, the airline and unions can’t take action until the board decides whether Air Canada’s service is considered essential for the public’s welfare.

“We are all feeling somewhat relieved that government has taken this proactive stance rather than to wait and see what happens,” said Dale Gillis, the president of Vacations Plus Travel in Edmonton. “It is very important to the nation as a whole that service isn’t interrupted.

“But this isn’t over yet. It’s only temporary.”

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