Air Canada has the intention to stretch out the torment of ex-employees of Aveos

Air Canada has filed an application for leave to appeal

 The carrier has the intention to stretch out the torment of ex-employees of Aveos

 Montreal- After discussion with the Supreme courts registry Office, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) has learned that Air Canada has filed an application for leave to appeal at the Supreme Court of Canada on December 30th 2015.

The carrier thus attempts to break the judgment of the Quebec Court of Appeals, which required them to conform to the Air Canada Public Participation Act (ACPPA). In fact, on November 3 of 2015, the highest court of Quebec asked Air Canada to comply with article 6 of this Act, which required them to maintain the centers of maintenance and revision in the cities of Winnipeg, Mississauga as well as in the urban community of Montreal.

The IAMAW refuses to give up this fight, but is disappointed to see Air Canada once again appeal in this case. “Since it is the interpretation of an important federal law and that it concerns several provinces, it is possible that the Supreme Court may grant leave to appeal from the judgment of the Court of Appeal of Quebec. In the end, this decision will be up to the Highest Court of Canada, but the fact is that it is disappointing to see Air Canada continue this battle against the former workers of Aveos and against the ACPPA. The carrier is doing everything in its power to free itself from its responsibilities. In stretching the legal battle to the maximum, Air Canada tries to give itself opportunity to plead their own turpitude and make the return of these jobs as complex and difficult as possible. This approach is sneaky and disrespectful of the workers. The Machinists Union will continue its struggle for justice to be rendered for all ex-workers of Aveos”, explains the Quebec coordinator for the IAMAW and vice-president to the QFL, David Chartrand.

The beginning of this legal battle goes back to April 2012 after the IAMAW had initiated discussions to ensure that the governments of Quebec, Ontario and Manitoba pursue this case and take Air Canada before the courts. “The Machinists Union has been fighting since the beginning to enforce the Act and make sure the work returns. We were in an impasse so we approached the provincial governments who accepted to lend us a hand and they have responded to the IAMAW’s call. We have worked in collaboration with the Prosecutors of the Quebec and Manitoba governments by providing documents and testimony in order to facilitate the work and to make sure that in the end justice prevails for workers and their families of Air Canada / Acts and AVEOS, including several of them who are now employees of AJ Walter and Lockheed Martin who are represented by our organization,” says Mr. Chartrand.

 

The IAMAW represents 15 000 members in Quebec, and more than 50 000 in Canada, including 16 000 in the airline industry and aerospace.

The IAMAW who represent over 700 000 members throughout North America is the most important union for workers of the aviation and Aerospace industry in the world.

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