12/02/2011 11:57 EST | Updated 02/01/2012 05:12 EST

Canada's Labour Issues Could Worsen In 2012: Conference Board

OTTAWA - A prominent economic forecaster says 2012 could be a year of increased work stoppages in the public sector as Canadian governments try to rein in their deficits.

The Conference Board of Canada notes that several large public sector institutions at the provincial and local level as well as the Canada Revenue Agency will be at the bargaining table next year.

It says there's a sense of frustration among public-sector unions because they accepted restraint at the outset of the 2008-09 recession.

The Conference Board says private sector unions may be less inclined to work stoppages because of the potential for job losses in a fragile economy.

But the think-tank also notes that workers in the film and television industry and the Detroit Three automakers will be in negotiations next year.