Air Canada havoc to start at 12:01 a.m. Thursday

Canada’s leading airline, Air Canada is going on a strike at 12:01 a.m. Thursday. At least 6,800 flight attendants (member of CUPE) declared to go on a strike when 65 per cent of the votes cast went against the recent tentative arrangement between the staff and the management.

The airline announced that regular Air Canada Express service between the Toronto Island airport and Montreal’s Trudeau airport, and codeshare flights operated by its Star Alliance partner airlines on international and U.S. transborder routes, would remain unaltered.

One of the passengers said: “You think you are WAY more important than you really are. Take the deal and quit whining. I will never book another flight with Air Canada.” While another wrote on airline’s facebook page: “While I do not agree the strike is a wise move, I don’t think it has anything to do with anyone thinking they are ‘important. “

Karl Moore, a professor with the Desautels Faculty of Management at Montreal’s McGill University said: “I suspect we might have a strike for a couple of days, but it’s not going to go much longer because of what the minister of labour is saying.”

On the other hand, Ian Lee, a professor at the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University: “These are uncertain times with a very certain government that’s probably not seen as the friend of labour, and they’re really risking, I think, not only being legislated back to work, that’s crystal clear, but they may have a collective agreement imposed on them.”

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