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article imageAir Canada strike looming again

By Steffan Ileman     Oct 10, 2011 in Travel
Air Canada flight attendants rejected the management’s contract offer for the second time and served a 72-hour strike notice. Government says no way, Jose.
Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) representing Air Canada’s 6800 flight attendants rejected, for the second time, the airline’s offer and served a 72-hour strike notice, according to Reuters. The strike notice drew an angry response from federal Labour Minister Lisa Raitt. Minister Raitt says “a strike is unacceptable in this time of fragile economy.” The Canadian government considers Air Canada an essential part of the economy.
The strike could start at midnight Thursday, and within such short notice could virtually ground the airline. Thousands of Canadians here and abroad could be stranded. Worst hit would be domestic passengers, since the small Calgary-based Westjet may not have to accommodate all of them.
The Parliament is closed this week for Thanksgiving. It’s not clear if the Labour Minister would recall MP’s to debate back-to-work legislation.
Air Canada won’t be out of the woods even if the flight attendant contract issue is resolved. Next in line may be Air Canada’s pilots who have been without a contract for a while...
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