June 20, 2016 19:29 ET
OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - June 20, 2016) - An IAM delegation to the Senate Standing Committee on Transport and Communications today offered amendments to Bill C-10 - The Air Canada Public Participation Act - that would ensure the survival and growth of the aircraft Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) industry. The IAM is asking the Senate to send the amended Bill back to the House of Commons for reconsideration.
The IAM amendment concerns Maintenance Activities referred to in paragraph (1) (d) -for the purpose of carrying out or causing to be carried out the aircraft maintenance activities in Ontario, Quebec and Manitoba, the Corporation (Air Canada) shall,
"As it stands, the act endangers the livelihood of the Canadian MRO industry," stated IAM Transportation District Lodge 140 President and Directing General Chairperson Fred Hospes. "In particular, this bill explicitly allows Air Canada to change the type or volume of any or all of its aircraft maintenance work as well as the level of employment."
"Our suggested amendments force Air Canada to back up its vague promises of future jobs while protecting the current industry and securing future employment," said IAM Canadian General Vice President Stan Pickthall.
"The current version of this legislation is too vague," continued Pickthall. "It takes away any leverage that any government currently has to maintain Canadian jobs in this country."
The 16-member IAM delegation will continue to seek support from members of the Senate all this week.
The IAM is the largest union in Canada's Air Transport Sector and the largest union at Air Canada representing 8,000 workers.
Stan PickthallIAM Canadian General Vice President416-386-1789David ChartrandIAM Quebec Coordinator514-336-3031/514-231-9100Fred HospesIAM Transportation District 140President & Directing General Chairperson604-448-0721/778-829-8140Bill TrbovichIAM Director of Communications416-386-1789 Ext#6331/416-735-9765
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