Ottawa will intervene in CP Rail strike if needed

Decision on back-to-work legislation may come Monday
|labour-reporter.com|Last Updated: 05/28/2012

(Reuters) - The Canadian government warned on Wednesday it would introduce back-to-work legislation as early as next Monday if a strike at Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd persists and harms the economy.

"I have already put on notice a bill to ensure that we are in the position to be able to introduce legislation if necessary," Labour Minister Lisa Raitt said in Ottawa.

The speed of government intervention will depend on how the work stoppage, which began early Wednesday morning, affects industries such as autos, coal and potash, she said.

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