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Air Canada could face labour complaint

Oct. 17, 2011, Montreal - A leading Canadian labour lawyer says Air Canada could be accused of unfair labour practices after it filed its own bad faith bargaining complaint against the union representing flight
attendants.


October 17, 2011
Carey Fredericks

Paul Cavulluzzo says the company's filing seems to violate the Canada Labour Code, which bars employers from interfering in the internal affairs of a union.

The labour board will meet today with both sides to set a schedule to address two referrals from Labour Minister Lisa Raitt.

The move caused a planned strike by flight attendants on Thursday to be suspended.

Air Canada says the union did not do enough to encourage the ratification of two tentative deals. It adds that the failure caused Air Canada "significant and continuing losses'' of revenue.

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The union calls Air Canada's complaint a "red herring'' and says its members had the right to reject tentative agreements even though the executive felt they were the best that could be achieved under
the circumstances.


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