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Raitt applauds AC decision to settle dispute

Oct. 21, 2011, Montreal -  Labour Minister Lisa Raitt is applauding a resolution to the labour dispute between Air Canada and its flight attendants that avoids a strike.


October 21, 2011
By The Canadian Press

The two sides have agreed that an arbitrator will issue a binding agreement within about two weeks.

Raitt says the deal will bring stability to the airline while addressing issues raised by the Canadian Union of Public Employees.

The agreement was reached as the Canada Industrial Relations Board was about to consider two referrals from the minister.

Agreeing to the arbitration process prevents any further intervention from the government.

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Raitt says the government remains supportive of "the concept of free collective bargaining.''

The agreement comes ahead of a planned union rally on Parliament Hill to support free collective bargaining.