‘A strong mandate’


Lisa Raitt explains her decision to refer Air Canada’s dispute with its flight attendants to the Industrial Relations Board, thus preventing a planned strike.

“Our government received a strong mandate to protect the Canadian economy and Canadian jobs, so we have been closely following the negotiations between Air Canada and CUPE,” said Minister Raitt. “I have asked the CIRB to review the situation at Air Canada to ensure that the health and safety of the public will not be impacted, and to determine how best to maintain and secure industrial peace and promote conditions that are favourable to the settlement of industrial disputes.” 

The president of CUPE is unimpressed. Meanwhile, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers is challenging June’s back-to-work legislation.


‘A strong mandate’

  1. Can they force RIM back to work? Maybe expropriation. Far more important to the fragile economy than airline  hosts.

  2. I guess that’s one perspective. Maybe it falls within Dr. Lawrence Britt 14 defining features of fascism:

    Corporate Power is Protected – The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.Labor Power is Suppressed – Because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government, labor unions are either eliminated entirely, or are severely suppressed.

    • I wouldn’t say maybe.

      Turns out we love it.

  3. Classic. Electoral success is an all-purpose “mandate” to do whatever the hell the successful party wants.

    Brought to you by people who believe that elections = democracy. See Cheney, Nixon and, sadly, Obama for further examples.

  4. There is a bully element as well. Pick on some group or individual you perceive as weak, maybe even defenceless. The female flight attendants who cover their faces at the demonstration they are holding are wise.
    The Harper government like to engineer a G20 style confrontation with labour I’m sure.
    If the “occupy” movement really does come to Canada it should be interesting.

    • The next group up is the pilots.  As a group, they don’t take kindly to being told what to do so theirs could get very interesting. 

      • Well Jan, let’s hope the pilot’s listen to their union executive and accept a resonable offer.  I don’t think they want their fledgling company to fail.

    • I think you are forgetting something….the union executive recommended that the Flight Attendants accept the deal offered to them by the employer because they knew nothing better was forthcoming.  The Flight Attendants chose to go against the advice of their union executive and decline the offer. 
      Air Canada is in financial trouble.  They offer lousy service.   Thus, people are not flying with them.  I guess the strike could go ahead and the company could go into bankruptcy and then everyone who works there, would be out of a job.  Would you be okay with that or would you insist that the government and Canadian taxpayers bail them out again?

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