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Air Canada and IAMAW stopped from commencing strikes and lockouts

9-Mar-2012 11:12 AM

Canada's Minister of Labour Lisa Raitt issued (08-Mar-2012) a referral pursuant to the Canada Labour Code, preventing both the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) from commencing a strike and Air Canada from locking out pilots, originally scheduled for 12-Mar-2012. Air Canada previously announced plans to lock out its pilots after the Air Canada Pilots Association (ACPA) failed to accept the carrier's recent offer regarding contract negotiations which commenced 18 months ago. Meanwhile, WestJet announced plans to add extra flights to accommodate passengers that will be otherwise stranded in the event of strike or lockout at Air Canada. [more - original PR - WestJet] [more - original PR - Air Canada] [more - original PR - Canadian Government] [more - original PR - ACPA]