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Canada considers anti-strike law

Canada's federal government has said the economy is too weak to withstand a prolonged strike by Air Canada employees.

The announcement paved the way for back-to-work legislation, even though the first day of the walkout produced no major disruption at Canadian airports.

The federal government served formal notice that it could introduce legislation within 48 hours ordering the striking employees back to work if the two sides don't reach a deal.

Finance minister Jim Flaherty said it is a matter of significant economic consequence.

Some 3,800 customer service agents and other staff went on strike just after midnight on Tuesday after talks between their union and Air Canada failed to reach an agreement.

Pension and wages have been the major stumbling blocks in the talks.

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