Please read this press release issued today by the IAM&AW:
AVEOS Layoffs violate Air Canada Public Participation Act!
Monday March 19, 2012
For Immediate Release
Toronto,ON– “The Layoff of 2,600 aircraft maintenance workers at Aveos Fleet Performance Incorporated is a direct violation of the Air Canada Public Participation Act,” explained an angry Dave Ritchie – Canadian General Vice President of the IAMAW.
“The act stipulates that Air Canada must maintain aircraft heavy maintenance facilities or have such work performed at facilities inWinnipeg,MississaugaandMontreal,” said Ritchie. AirCanadacomplied by having Aveos Fleet Performance conduct its aircraft maintenance in these centers. “Since AirCanadais pulling this work from these facilities and seeking alternative suppliers, AVEOS has subsequently ceased operations affecting 1,785 highly skilled workers inMontreal, 412 inWinnipegand 356 inVancouver,” explained Ritchie. “This is exactly why we took AirCanadato court when it sold its maintenance unit to Aveos. We knew this could happen and now it has. AirCanadahas an obligation to these workers, their families and the Air Canada Public Participation Act.”
“We want the federal government to intervene otherwise a viable industry and its highly skilled workers will vanish forever.”