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Air Canada Plagued By Labour Disputes and Aveos Bankruptcy


Photo: OZinOH

Air Canada is getting, and giving, no love lately.

The unions representing its machinists and pilots both threatened to strike in the past month, and were only prevented from doing so by federal back-to-work legislation. The airline accused pilots of calling in sick en masse last weekend to cause problems during the busy March break period, which the pilots union denied.

Now the company that services Air Canada’s planes, Aveos Fleet Performance Inc., has gone bankrupt and laid off all of its 2,600 workers across Canada.

Meanwhile, the pilots’ and machinists’ unions are still fighting the back-to-work legislation, and are filing a constitutional challenge against the federal government.

The real losers in this tug of war between Air Canada and its employees may be the Canadian public. The CBC reported on Tuesday that “Air Canada has warned that 3,000 passengers could be stranded daily if Aveos doesn’t complete the work on some planes.”

Read more about Air Canada’s recent woes [Calgary Herald].



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