Tentative deal reached for striking Toronto Pearson airport ground crew

TORONTO — Striking ground crew workers at Canada’s busiest airport have reached a tentative deal with their employer.Teamsters Canada and Swissport say the deal involving the workers at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport was struck on Tuesday, although details of the tentative agreement won’t be released until it has been ratified in the coming days.About 700 cabin cleaners, baggage handlers and other ground crew workers employed by Swissport at Pearson have been on strike since late July.Union spokesman Christopher Monette says the union is recommending its members accept the offer.The workers’ concerns included pay and benefits cuts, scheduling issues, and what their union called a lack of respect from Swissport managers.Swissport says it is looking forward to seeing its workers return to the job.The company services 30 airlines at the airport, including Air Transat, Sunwing Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Air France, KLM and Lufthansa. Air Canada and WestJet are not serviced by the company. read more

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Army chief briefs new ICRC head on post war situation

Lieutenant General Crishanthe De Silva recalled his organization’s close working partnership that has been on with the delegation for years and acknowledged its support gratefully, particularly during the times of the conflict before May 2009. The new Head of the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) in Sri Lanka Ms Claire Meypraud had talks with army commander Lieutenant General Crishanthe De Silva today.Meypraud paid a courtesy call on the Commander of the Army at the Army Headquarters today. Towards the end of the courtesy meeting, exchange of mementos took place as tokens of close cooperation and understanding. Ms Meypraud, accompanied by her Deputy Head of the ICRC delegation, Irfan Sulejmani during her meeting with the Commander of the Army, was enthusiastic in receiving an update on the roles and tasks of the Army versus its interaction with the ICRC and Red Cross in Sri Lanka with special focus on the north and east. read more

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