Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

September 16, 2011 22:46 ET

Statement by the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Canada's Labour Minister

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 16, 2011) - Today, as Canada's Labour Minister, I received a notice of intent to strike from the Canadian Union of Public Employees division responsible for Air Canada's flight attendants effective September 21. Our Government is concerned that a strike is being considered and we are taking this situation very seriously.

With the global economy still fragile, our Government's top priority remains completing the economic recovery. That is why I continue to encourage both parties either to reach a deal or to agree to submit to a binding process to settle their collective agreement and avoid a work stoppage. Any work stoppage would negatively impact Canada's economy and threaten our fragile economic recovery.

I remind the parties that the best solution in any dispute is one that the parties reach themselves. I urge the parties to reach a negotiated agreement as soon as possible.

This statement is available in alternative formats upon request.

Contact Information

  • Ashley Kelahear
    Press Secretary
    Office of Minister Raitt

    Media Relations Office
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada