Air Canada talks break down; legislation imminent

Talks between Air Canada and its flight attendants’ union broke down late Monday, making a strike at a near certainty starting tomorrow. A strike is likely to severely disrupt flights at the world’s eighth-biggest airline, but it appears any job action will be short lived. “We have put notice on the order paper today that we have the intention to introduce legislation should there be a work stoppage,” Labour Minister Lisa Raitt told reporters. Raitt cited the importance of the airline to Canada’s economy and the everyday lives of its people as reasoning for the legislation. The Conservative majority government is creating precedence for quick back-to-work legislation, as it has already done so with Canada Post and was in the process of doing so with other Air Canada employees in the Spring.

Source: The Globe and Mail

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