If federal Labour Minister Lisa Raitt was prepared to step in to keep flight attendants on the job last October, what do you think the government’s reaction will be to a strike of mechanics, baggage handlers, electricians and airplane washers. CUPE cancelled a planned walkout of flight attendants last October after intervention by Ms. Raitt made such a move effectively illegal. Air Canada (AC.B-T0.93-0.04-4.12%) would have been able to stay in the air with management staff. But when the mechanics et al go, the airline can’t.
The repeated intervention in the labour affairs of Air Canada, which, the last time I checked, was still a private company, defies all but ballot-box logic. And there is no election on the horizon.
“The government of Canada is committed to doing what it takes to protect the public interest and help unions and employers achieve constructive labour relations,” Ms. Raitt declared.