Air Canada, ACPA agree to resume talks under government arbitrator

Thu Apr 19, 2012 9:27pm EDT
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(Reuters) - Air Canada and its pilots' body have agreed to a 10-day negotiation period to re-start talks which ended in a strike last week.

The negotiation period will begin following the appointment of an arbitrator by the minister of labor, Air Canada and the Air Canada Pilots Association said in a statement.

The airline has been in dispute with a number of unions, including the one representing its pilots. It wants to set up a discount airline to help its bottom line at a difficult time for the aviation sector, while the unions oppose the plan, fearing job security.

The agreement comes a week after ACPA pilots went on a strike that was deemed illegal by Canada's labor board.

Both parties have agreed to a media blackout during the negotiations. (Reporting by Sruthi Ramakrishnan in Bangalore; Editing by Robert Birsel)

Passengers walk past Air Canada planes on the runway at Pearson International Airport in Toronto April 13, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Cassese