Air Canada: CIRB Referal Stops Stike and Lock Out

No Disruption of Services at Air Canada

Canada’s Minister of Labour, the Hon. Lisa Raitt, has issued a referral pursuant to the Canada Labour Code, to determine the activities that Air Canada may be required to maintain as relates to the health and safety of Canadians.

As a result of this CIRB referral, the IAMAW cannot commence a strike and Air Canada cannot lock out its pilots at least until this matter has been determined by the Board. The strike deadline by the IAMAW and Air Canada’s lockout notice to ACPA, both originally scheduled for 00:01 am ET on Monday March 12, 2012, have therefore no effect.

Air Canada encourages customers to visit for flight information self service booking tools to avoid longer call center wait times due to a higher volume of calls than usual.

Air Canada will provide updates as developments warrant.

The IAMAW represents Air Canada’s 8,600 mechanics, baggage handlers and cargo agents. ACPA represents the airline’s 3,000 pilots.

In the meantime, watch out for “sick-outs” and work to rule actions at Air Canada which has the potential to disrupt travel.

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