Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

March 08, 2012 16:24 ET

Minister Raitt Has Received Lockout Notice from Air Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 8, 2012) - The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Canada's Labour Minister, today received lockout notice from Air Canada effective March 12, 2012. The Government is concerned that a lockout is being considered and we are taking this situation very seriously.

"I continue to encourage both parties either to reach a deal or agree to submit to a binding process to settle their dispute and avoid a work stoppage," said Minister Raitt. "A work stoppage at Air Canada would have a significantly negative impact on Canadians and our national economy."

The collective agreement covering approximately 3 000 pilots expired on March 31, 2011. A mediator from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service remains available to assist both parties in their negotiations.

The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service was established to provide dispute resolution and prevention assistance to trade unions and employers under the jurisdiction of the Canada Labour Code.

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Contact Information

  • Ashley Kelahear
    Press Secretary
    Office of Minister Raitt
    819-953-5646

    Media Relations Office
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    819-994-5559