Airline Needs Government Involvement

Toronto, Ontario

August 26, 1999


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Airline Needs Government Involvement

Airline Needs Government Involvement
dated August 26, 1999

While adopting a wait and see approach to the Onex Corporation's bid to buy both Air Canada and Canadian Airlines, CAW National President Hargrove called for a "no layoff pledge' during the airline restructuring.
Hargrove said the Onex offer makes direct ownership involvement by the federal government essential.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

"They created the problem. Canadian Airlines didn't create it, Air Canada didn't create it. Boy, the workers sure didn't create the crisis that we're in, and the government has an obligation to take a leadership role."

Toronto April 1999
Three months ago the CAW raised the potential of a crisis in Canada's air transport industry and the need for government involvement. With the Onex offer to buy both airlines the need for government involved now is even more important.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

"When you think about the transportation system in the country, billions of dollars go into our road systems, into our transportation systems that travel by train, by ship. So this is a minor investment in an important area like the airline industry in recognition of the make up and the demographics of our country."

Hargrove said the suspension of the competition laws for 90 days was needed to allow time for a readjustment of the industry. He said it was a recognition that deregulation has failed in the airline industry.
The CAW is launching a campaign to gain public support for government involvement. Hargrove says the union's main concern is the well being of the thousands of airline workers, their families and communities whose economic security has been constantly threatened during the past decade of deregulation.

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