Canada Post rotating strikes begin in Victoria, Edmonton, Windsor and Halifax

Kenny Grant
October 23, 2018

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers says strikes will begin at 12:01 a.m. Monday in Victoria, Edmonton, Windsor and at 1:01 a.m.in Halifax and will last for 24 hours.

The union representing Canada Post employees has begun a series of rotating strikes in four cities today.

CUPW President Mike Palecek says Canada Post has refused to talk about issues that matter to the union, which include job security, an end to forced overtime, better health and safety measures and gender equality.

The strike began Monday after negotiations failed to produce new contract agreements before the strike deadline.

According to Canada Post, mail will not be picked up or delivered in the affected locations.

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business also urged the post office to rein in spending to reduce costs and warned postal workers that continued job action could hurt them and their employer.

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CUPW said a rotating strike strategy was chosen in order to minimize the disruption to the public.

The statement also says the government believes in a fair and balanced collective bargaining process, signalling it is not considering back to work legislation.

The strike is the result of ongoing negotiations regarding workers rights at Canada Post. "Those include working together to address employees workload concerns caused by parcel growth, additional financial services and going beyond pay equity for Rural and Suburban employees by extending job security and moving to one uniform".

The CUPW has about 50,000 members in Canada, including 42,000 in urban areas and 8,000 in rural or suburban areas.

Customers across Canada may experience delays for parcel and mail delivery since Toronto is a key processing hub, Canada Post said in a statement Monday night. "I will continue to monitor the situation closely".

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

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