The Globe & Mail reports that members of the Air Canada Pilots Association voted 87 per cent in favour of a six-year collective agreement that will save "the insolvent airline [Air Canada] about $257-million a year through about 300 layoffs, pay cuts of 15 per cent and more flexible working conditions."
The Supreme Court of Canada has recently considered whether the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal lacked independence and impartiality because of the power of the Canadian Human Rights Commission to issue guidelines binding on the Tribunal concerning "a class of cases", and the power of the Tribunal Chairperson to extend Tribunal members' terms in ongoing inquiries.
This case represents the latest installment in a decade long battle between the parties relating to whether the employer engaged in gender discrimination in the payment of wages, contrary to s. 11 of the Canadian Human Rights Act.
The Supreme Court of Canada dismissed the employer's application and held, in part, that "the fact that the Tribunal must apply all relevant law, including guidelines formulated by the Commission, does not on its own raise a reasonable apprehension of bias."
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