Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Canada Post must deal with 'injury crisis' to end walkouts, says union

People walk past an ornate Royal Mail post box in Liverpool in 2016 People walk past an ornate Royal Mail post box in Liverpool in 2016
Jean Garcia | 19 November, 2018, 06:57

Two days later, on October 24th, CUPW employees in Kelowna set up picket lines.

Canada Post's latest contract offers to its workers contain positives but not enough to put an end to rotating walkouts, the head of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers said Thursday.

The decision isn't coming from across the pond, however, as Royal Mail says it made the move at the request of Canada Post. Until an agreement has been reached between Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, the future of your holiday gifts and deliveries is uncertain.

Canada Post has announced in a statement that if the strike continues, it will likely result in delayed delivering for Black Friday and Christmas packages.

Canada Post put forth a time-limited offer to postal workers November 14 that includes pay increases of two per cent a year as well as a signing bonus of up to $1,000 and the establishment of a $10 million health and safety fund.

File image of the Canada Post protests.

"We understand that our customers are frustrated; we are also frustrated", Palecek said.

The Crown corporation said Friday that its domestic customers are also backed up with packages waiting for delivery as rotating strikes that began October 22 continue across the country.

Canada Post asks for halt to international shipments as parcel backlog grows

In an interview with CBC News, Hamilton said the backlog is a record for Canada Post with 600 trailers filling distribution centre yards, each containing an average of 2,500 parcels.

The rotating walkouts continued Thursday at processing plants in Montreal and Winnipeg, as well as at smaller locations in Ontario, British Columbia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador.

It's to prevent any more backlog within Canada, as trucks full of mail and packages have been sitting idle for days and the company is facing delays of at least 30 days for delivery.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has warned his government will take unspecified action to end the rotating strikes if there is no significant progress in the negotiations.

However, according to Rasmussen, a few more issues need to be worked out.

Online sales giant eBay has called on the government to legislate an end to the labour dispute before the holiday shopping rush hits its first peak later this month with Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales.

There's also people sending presents through the mail to loved ones, that could be affected by job action.

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