Air Canada back-to-work legislation likely

Mon Sep 19, 2011 3:16pm EDT
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OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian Labour Minister Lisa Raitt indicated she would introduce back-to-work legislation in the event of a strike at Air Canada, saying on Monday she would act to protect the economy.

Raitt told the House of Commons the government was very concerned that a walkout at Canada's largest airline would disrupt the economic recovery.

"If there is a work stoppage, ... we will act to protect Canada's economy," said Raitt, who had introduced back-to-work legislation in June to head off another strike at the airline.

(Reporting by Randall Palmer; editing by Rob Wilson)