The Canadian government blocked Thursday an impending lockout and strike that would have paralyzed Air Canada (Toronto: AC), the country's largest airline.

Labor Minister Lisa Raitt said the Canadian Industrial Relations Board would review contract negotiations and their impact on the health and safety of Canadians. Under law, the strike and lockout cannot proceed during board review.

Air Canada said earlier on Thursday that it would lock out 3,000 pilots on Monday at midnight, and it was also facing a strike from 8,600 mechanics, baggage handlers, cleaners and electrician. Both actions stem from long-running contract disputes.

The government has previously intervened in labor disputes involving Air Canada's flgiht attendants.