Air Canada workers may be fired over Facebook comments

(JOEL LEMAY/QMI Agency Files)

(JOEL LEMAY/QMI Agency Files)

Maryam Shah, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:35 AM ET

TORONTO – Commenting about their employer on Facebook has grounded eight Air Canada employees, according to their union.

Eight of the airline's workers were suspended without pay, pending termination, on Monday as a result of alleged Facebook comments, said union spokesman Boyd Richardson.

The employees, who are members IAMAW, Local 140, range in age from 20 to 50 and are waiting for their cases to go to arbitration, he said Tuesday.

"Right now, I think they're still in shock," he said.

The employees are mostly station attendants and customer service agents. One is a maintenance facility worker.

Richardson said the majority of the employees do not dispute the existence of the comments, which were made in a closed Facebook group, with one comment related to federal Labour Minister Lisa Raitt.

Air Canada spokesman Peter Fitzpatrick suggested the matter relates to an illegal job action last year.