All Air Canada flights will operate as scheduled

After announcing a strike, now Air Canada says all the flights will operate as scheduled Thursday. Earlier, the federal labour minister announced that Air Canada staff is not satisfied with the arrangement made between the airline and unionized flight attendants.

Canada’s leading airline gave a statement Thursday that it was “business as usual at Air Canada and all flights will continue to operate as scheduled.”

Moreover, the flight attendants declared their intentions of calling the strike off following Labour Minister Lisa Raitt’s move to request the CIRB to study whether a protest would affect Canadians health and safety. Under Section 87.4 of the Canada Labour Code, CIRB was to check “whether any services need to be maintained, in the event of a strike or lockout, to prevent an immediate and serious danger to the safety or health of the public.”

Also, CIRB will inspect whether the “rejection of two tentative agreements recommended by the union created conditions that are unfavourable to the settlement of the industrial dispute at hand.”

In the meantime, Air Canada is filing an undue labour practices complaint against the union, CUPE, with the CIRB. The airline alleges that the union leadership is not completely reflecting the demands of its members.

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