Agence France-PresseFebruary 5, 2014 21:50
Canada's labor minister, Kellie Leitch, gave notice Wednesday it will legislate rail workers back to work if they go on strike, saying a labor disruption would hurt the economy.
"Our economy must be protected, our products must reach markets and our jobs must be preserved," Leitch told a press conference.
Her remarks came after the Teamsters union -- representing some 3,000 workers at Canadian National Railway, or CN -- gave 72 hours strike notice.
The Conservative government, she said, intends to introduce legislation to ensure that "CN stays on track."