Thursday, 22 November, 2018

Canada Post rotating strike hitting London on Monday

CUPW rotating strike hits Canada Post Scarborough distribution centre - 680 NEWS Canada Post rotating strike hitting London on Monday
Ginger Lawrence | 06 November, 2018, 13:05

Mail will not be delivered in Edmonton Monday after hundreds of local postal workers walked off the job as part of a series of ongoing 24-hour rotating strikes across the country.

The walkout by Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) at the York Distribution Centre will affect parcel delivery from downtown Toronto north up to Newmarket and east to Port Hope.

"Until we get confirmation from the national executive, we don't know when it will end", said Oduor, who noted the last action on October 24-25 ended after one day.

Local 710's Secretary Treasurer Wycliffe Oduor said it's not clear how long the most recent action, that began at 8 a.m., will last in Calgary.

While the crown corporation has been trying to minimize service impacts caused by rotating strikes, continuing action may continue to cause backlogs across all of Canada Post's delivery systems.

Cheeke said over the past two years, workers have seen a 50 per cent increase in parcel delivery thanks to the rise of online shopping.

Last month, Labour Minister Patty Hajdu appointed Morton Mitchnick, a former chairman of the Ontario Labour Relations Board, to help the two parties resolve their differences.

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A Canada Post letter box.

"For the rural mail carriers, it's time paid for time worked", says Slingsby.

Negotiations are continuing while rotating strikes take place.

Canada Post said it remains committed to the bargaining process.

But he said Canada Post has made significant offers on wages, benefits and working conditions and "we're not asking them for concessions or rollbacks. The overburdening, the overtime, constantly not being paid properly, it's definitely worth us being out here doing what we're doing", says one picketing postal worker.

Cuda said he's hopeful the rotating strikes will "put pressure on Canada Post to address the main issues".