Rotating Canada Post walkouts continue

Mae Love
November 5, 2018

As part of the national campaign of rotating strikes, unionized post office workers in Timmins hit the picket lines early Friday morning.

"We were just selected to go out today, just for the day", said CUPW Local 624 president John Cameron.

The labour action by local members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) is expected to last only the one day and regular postal service is expected to return on Monday. Vice-President Connor Dowd-Taylor says they're also joined by Rural and Suburban Mail Carrier employees. "We just had a report in that states our injury rate is five times greater than that of all the federal sectors and that is very concerning and alarming and needs to be fixed". Canada Post management has been driving up risks to workers' physical and mental health by abusing that option.

On Wednesday, CUPW said the overtime ban means postal workers can refuse to work beyond their normal eight-hour days.

The union began strike action on October 22nd, and operations have been shut down in more than 70 communities across the country so far. The union's demands from the postal service include improved job security, an end to forced overtime, and improvements to health and safety protection.

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"That's why we had to dig in and continue to do this (rotating strikes)", said Langley. "But the corporation continues to not negotiate in fairness so we have to do what we have to do".

Local workers are slightly optimistic as progress has been made in the right direction with a mediator.

Dozens of trailers filled with parcels and packages were awaiting processing at the agency's three biggest hubs - Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal. "That has to be revisited and changed and Canada Post has to accept that".

Customers can find updates from Canada Post here.

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