Postal Workers Give Strike Notice, Could Walk Off The Job On Monday

Marco Green
October 20, 2018

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) has chose to give Canada Post Corporation strike notices - in other words, they could commence strike action as early as midnight on Monday, October 22, 2018.

Canada Post is sure to be busy over the coming days, as it has contracts with a number of provinces to deliver legal cannabis that's purchased online.

"Our members gave us a clear mandate to take job action if Canada Post refused to address our major issues - health and safety, gender equality and preserving full-time, middle class jobs", says Mike Palecek, CUPW National President.

According to a release issued on October 16, the CUPW says that a strike will begin if agreements can't be reached for the Urban Postal Operations and Rural and Suburban Mail Carriers (RSMC) bargaining units.

"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", Palacek added.

"A Crown Corporation should do better and can do better".

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.

Locations for the rotating strikes have not yet been announced.

Canada Post is the biggest parcel shipping company in the country, having delivered about one million parcels per day during the holiday season previous year, an increase of 20 per cent over the same period in 2016.

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