Right to strike falls in grey area in Canadian labour law

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By Danielle Harder
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 03/26/2012

For the third time in a year, the federal government has involved itself in labour negotiations between Air Canada and its employees.

Two weeks ago, it passed back-to-work legislation on the eve of the spring school holiday season, sending the airline to binding arbitration with its pilots’ union and machinists’ union — representing more than 11,000 workers between them.

The introduction of another bill aimed at averting a labour disruption has raised the question for some of whether the federal government is infringing on the right to strike.