Air Canada Union Steps Back From Brink on Strike
Wednesday escorted good news for Air Canada, the largest Canadian airline, as its rebellious flight attendants disregarded their scheduled strike. The decision was made just hours ahead of the planned launch of strike, after a labor board stepped into the clash on direction of the Federal Government.
For now, it has been decided that employees will stay on their work and in the meantime, the Canadian Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) will look after the difference of opinion between Air Canada and the union that stands for in excess of 6,800 flight attendants.
One major point to ponder is whether Air Canada is a vital service which must remain in operation in order to ensure the all important aspect of health and safety of people.
While briefing the issue, CIRB Executive Director Ginette Brazeau said: “When the minister makes a referral under that section (of the labor code) related to essential services, which actually suspend the right to a strike or a lockout”.
As per reports, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) was scheduling strike at one minute past midnight following rejected a labour contract due to difference of opinion over working rules of Air Canada. They were not pleased with Air Canada’s plans of setting up a discount division.
Since last three weeks, two sides are going through a difference of opinion and a possible strike, which would have certainly proved nasty for Air Canada, has been averted for the second time.
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