IAMAW International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers

April 12, 2007 10:51 ET

ACTS seeks government money to strip aviation industry!

Attention: Assignment Editor, Business/Financial Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor, Transportation Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO AIR CANADA TECHNICAL SERVICES--(CCNMatthews - April 12, 2007) - For Immediate Release

Toronto, ON - "Air Canada Technical Services (ACTS) is attempting to strip the Canadian aviation maintenance industry and it's seeking tax payers dollars to do it," says IAMAW General Vice President Dave Ritchie.

The IAMAW has documentation showing that a consultant acting on behalf of ACTS has sent requests for proposals to community colleges across Canada, to supply aviation maintenance instructors, curriculum, materials and other necessary resources, to train up to three thousand students in El Salvador. Once qualified, these students would work for Aeroman TACA, the aircraft heavy maintenance facility recently purchased by ACTS.

"Air Canada has just laid off 867 of our members employed as aircraft heavy maintenance mechanics in Vancouver following the cancellation of a maintenance contract by Delta Airlines without making an effort to replace that work," said Ritchie. "We now have a surplus of qualified aviation maintenance mechanics available and this company wants not only to export these jobs but it wants the taxpayer to pay for the expansion in El Salvador."

"Our tax dollars have paid for the curriculum, materials and the expertise of the instructors in our community colleges and now ACTS is asking these Canadian colleges to find seed money to fund the establishment of a training facility in El Salvador to steal Canadian jobs," declared an outraged Ritchie.

"This action threatens to destroy the entire heavy aviation maintenance industry in Canada," added Ritchie. "The public should be aware of how their tax dollars are being spent and the government must act responsibly to preserve the heavy aircraft maintenance industry in Canada."

/For further information: For further information:
Dave Ritchie- IAMAW General Vice President
Bill Trbovich – IAMAW Director of Communications
416-386-1789 ext 31/416-735-9765

Contact Information

  • Bill Trbovich, Director of Communications, IAMAW
    Primary Phone: 416-386-1789 ext. 31
    Secondary Phone: 416-735-9765
    E-mail: btrbovich@iamaw.org