Yesterday we reported that
Air Canada had warned of a possible strike that could take
place on Monday.
Now, Canada's Minister of Labour, the Hon.
Lisa Raitt, has issued a referral pursuant to the Canada Labour
Code, to determine the activities that Air Canada may be required
to maintain as relates to the health and safety of Canadians.
As a result of this CIRB referral, the IAMAW
cannot commence a strike and Air Canada cannot lock out its pilots
at least until this matter has been determined by the Board.
strike deadline by the IAMAW and Air Canada's lockout notice to
ACPA, both originally scheduled for 00:01 am ET on Monday, 12
March 2012, have therefore no effect.
As a result, there will be no disruption of service
and Air Canada's full schedule remains unchanged.
Air Canada still encourages customers to visit aircanada.com for flight information and self service booking
tools to avoid longer call centre wait times due to a higher
volume of calls than usual.
The IAMAW represents Air Canada's 8,600
mechanics, baggage handlers and cargo agents. ACPA represents the
airline's 3,000 pilots.
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