Rotating postal strikes to start Monday: CUPW

Lloyd Doyle
October 22, 2018

The union says if a deal isn't reached before 12:01 a.m. Monday there will be rotating strikes in Victoria, Edmonton, Windsor, Ont., and by 1:01 Halifax.

A news release from the union explained that the strikes would last for 24 hours with locations striking daily. All times listed are in local time.

In an email to The Canadian Press on Sunday, Canada Post defended itself by stating that it was responding to numerous issues raised by the union, and has already tabled a significant offer that included wage increases, as well as the improvement of job security and social benefits.

Canada Post said that if there were to be a strike, its activities would continue with possible "minor delays". "Our goal has always been a negotiated settlement but we will not agree to anything that doesn't address health and safety, gender equality and good, full-time middle-class jobs". Mail will still be delivered, although it could be delayed.

Canada Post spokesperson Jon Hamilton said they've tabled a "full offer" which includes "wage increases, improvement to benefits, job security while asking for employees to accept no concessions or rollbacks in return".

"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", the statement read.

There are a number of tensions lingering between Canada Post and the union at the moment, primarily letter carrier health and safety and precarious employment, Global News previously reported.

The union's release also states that it's been negotiating agreements with Canada Post for nearly a year for the Urban Postal Operations and Rural Suburban Mail Carriers (RSMC) bargaining units.

"Canada Post has not taken negotiations seriously and they just continue to have this "wait and see" (attitude) and the membership is just fed up", she told Sunday.

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