Canada Post expects the 50,000-strong CUPW union to announce a 72-hour strike notice soon.
CANADA — The Canadian Union of Postal Workers and Canada Post have been struggling to come up with a fair agreement now for nine months.
To this day, an agreement has not been made, and the CUPW is expected to announce a 72-hour strike notice as soon as (or just days before) the 60-day strike mandate expires. The strike mandate expires on August 25th, 2016.
Canada Post writes:
Rather than secure the renewed support of their members through a vote, the union is looking at other ways to extend their strike mandate. They are looking for the Corporation’s support to extend the strike mandate on behalf of employees, which is unprecedented and would be completely inappropriate. It would only provide further uncertainty for employees and Canadians.Canada Post
Canada Post continues to refuse to agree to the CUPW’s demands, which are valued at over $1 billion over the long term.
If Canada Post agreed to make these changes, this would in turn make it so that Canada Post’s products and services are entirely unaffordable to the general public, therefore damaging the financial sustainability of the postal service in Canada.
Canada Post has already lost tens of thousands of customers at this point. Over the course of the past few months, worry of the CUPW striking, and Canada Post locking out its employees, has wreaked havoc across the country.
Canada Post states:
If the union is serious about negotiating a deal without work disruption, Canada Post remains available to sit 24/7 at the table to hammer out a deal before August 25.Canada Post
Here’s to hoping that Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers can come up with an agreement before August 25th, or shortly thereafter.
Other national postal services across Canada cost far more than what Canada Post offers Canadians.
At this point, we expect no less than for this to happen.
This article was written by Jody Mitoma.