Canadian Labour Congress

Canadian Labour Congress

November 12, 2010 15:29 ET

Supporting Jobs in Canada Is the Right Thing to Do

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 12, 2010) - The Canadian Labour Congress supports the position taken by the federal government in its dispute with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) over landing rights at Canadian airports.

Any move that allows UAE carriers to take connection trafic from Air Canada would undermine a significant portion of Air Canada's international business and have a negative impact on jobs in Canada.

"Air Canada provides service to many smaller centres across Canada because of profitable international routes. Allowing a foreign carrier like Emirates to take some of the most profitable connection traffic could have an impact on Air Canada's ability to maintain its domestic service, which provides good jobs and supports local economies," says CLC President Ken Georgetti, in a letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Georgetti also points out that Air Canada has faced tremendous competitive pressure following its privatization and deregulation. Its unionized workers have made sacrifices. "We don't want to see all of that effort and sacrifice undermined by an airline that faces none of the same competitive pressures nor provides the same kind of good jobs as Air Canada. The federal government is making the right decision," says Georgetti.

The Canadian Labour Congress, the national voice of the labour movement, represents 3.2 million Canadian workers. The CLC brings together Canada's national and international unions along with the provincial and territorial federations of labour and 130 district labour councils.

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