Ottawa to block Air Canada work stoppage


The federal government will introduce back-to-work legislation today to ensure there is no work stoppage at Air Canada.

Labour Minister Lisa Raitt told reporters in Ottawa on Monday that a work stoppage could harm what she calls Canada’s “fragile economic recovery.”

“We will take swift actions to ensure that Canada’s economic recovery is not negatively affected and that Canadians across the country who rely on air services are not unduly impacted,” Raitt said.

“We are anticipating the process …could take up to two days.”

The legislation would take effect in the event of a strike by machinists and ground crews, or the lockout of the pilots. Last week, Ottawa referred the files to the Canada Industrial Relations Board — a pre-emptive move aimed at heading off any work disruption.

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