Canada Post Workers Now On Rotating Strike

Daniel Fowler
October 23, 2018

As of Monday morning, the rotating strikes by Canada Post workers were underway at post offices in four Canadian cities.

With Canadians anxious about their mail delivery, the Trudeau government is encouraging both sides to continue negotiations in order to reach a deal.

Contract negotiations for 50,000 postal workers have dragged on for nearly a year and the unions says it's trying to send Canada Post a message.

Canada Post spokesperson Jon Hamilton said they've tabled a "full offer" which includes "wage increases, improvement to benefits, job security, improved benefits and no concessions".

"Canada Post had the opportunity this weekend to stop any postal disruption on Monday, but instead, as they have for nearly a year, they refused to talk about the issues that matter to our members", said CUPW national president Mike Palecek.

Megan Whitfield, president of CUPW's Toronto chapter, called the Crown corporation's last offer "garbage".

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The company says it is "committed to arriving at a negotiated settlement with CUPW".

The statement also says the government believes in a fair and balanced collective bargaining process, signalling it is not considering back to work legislation. She added workers want the routes restructured to reflect recent changes to Canadians' delivery needs.

"The insane thing for Canada Post workers right now is they're fighting to keep making sure they have on-going relevance in the economy and yet the strike action is making sure more and more customers will bleed away from the corporation", says Dan Kelly of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.

Mail delivery will continue as normal everywhere else in the country, and the CUPW promises that pension and social assistance cheques will be delivered as usual.

Over the past decade, the union alleges that working conditions have deteriorated and Canada Post has failed to address "the massive increase in parcel volumes and the burden it has placed on it's members".

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