Strike notice issued by postal union

Lloyd Doyle
October 20, 2018

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers says employees could walk off the job on Monday and that 5,000 Canada Post employees will begin rotating walkouts if agreements aren't reached with urban and rural carriers over the weekend.

Although only 72 hours of notice is required for a strike, the union has provided five days notice in hopes that the threat of job action will help Canada Post take the issues seriously.

According to the CUPW, the working conditions for postal workers "has deteriorated" over the past 10 years because "Canada Post has failed to address the massive increase in parcel volumes and the burden it has placed on members". "Our members deserve better", said Palecek.

The union chose to issue the strike notices after the almost year-long talks stalled with the two sides fairly far apart, said Palecek.

"We've said we would remain at the table as long as progress is being made, and we've reached a point where we're not seeing a lot of progress". In a news release, the corporation added: "We value the relationship with the union and have been able to find common ground on some issues, and have also committed to work together constructively on several important files".

Those who receive social assistance or unemployment cheques in the mail, or send cards for Christmas, could feel the effects of a strike, but others aren't as concerned about a halt in mail service, thanks to the internet. We will notify customers of any disruptions planned by the union as soon as we are aware.

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