Air Canada scraps flights as pilots miss work

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Dozens of Air Canada flights were delayed or cancelled today when the airline's pilots called in sick, as tumultuous relations between the Star Alliance carrier and its employees continue.

Calling the pilots' move "illegal job action", the carrier says it is trying to re-accommodate affected passengers on other flights.

Reports say up to as many as 50 flights were affected. The airline and its pilots have been locked in contentious talks since the pilots rejected a tentative agreement. The pilots then voted for a strike in February, which was followed by a lock-out notice issued by the airline on the pilots in March.

The Canadian government passed a bill on 14 March that would make any strike by the carrier's pilots and employees illegal, and mandated the appointment of a government-chosen arbitrator to handle the talks between airline and its workers.

Besides the airline's pilots, Air Canada's machinists have also threatened to go on strike in March.