An IAM delegation to the Senate standing committee on transport and communications has offered amendments to Bill C-10, The Air Canada Public Participation Act, that would ensure the survival and growth of the aircraft maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO) industry, the organization said.
The IAM amendment concerns maintenance activities referred to for the purpose of carrying out or causing to be carried out the aircraft maintenance activities in Ontario, Quebec and Manitoba.
The IAM is asking the Senate to send the amended bill back to the House of Commons for reconsideration.
IAM said the bill as it stands endangers the livelihood of the Canadian MRO industry, allowing Air Canada to change the type or volume of any or all of its aircraft maintenance work as well as the level of employment.
Suggested amendments force Air Canada to back up its promises of future jobs while protecting the current industry and securing future employment.
The IAM is a large union in Canada´s air transport sector and represents 8,000 workers at Air Canada.