Canadian Postal Strike
June 3, 2011 by staff
Canadian Postal Strike, Postal workers go on strike in Hamilton, Ontario. The weekend as part of a newspaper strike designed to force concessions from Canada Post. Denis Lemelin chief negotiator said on Friday the local postal workers in Hamilton will go on strike starting at 11:45 pm Friday evening, and stay away from work for 48 hours. Mr. Lemelin said he did not indicate when the strikes end rotation.
“We will continue the strike … the goal remains the same, is an achievement of a collective good agreement,” he told reporters in Ottawa on Friday morning.
“We have a dangerous workplace that must be fixed, but Canada Post do not listen. We can not accept hazardous working conditions and unfair.”
Postal workers in Winnipeg will walk the picket lines and union representatives meet with senior officials of Canada Post management later on Friday.
The Canadian Union of Postal Workers is also expected to respond to the offer of the Crown corporation last contract in Ottawa on Friday.
About 150 Canada Post workers hit the bricks in Winnipeg at midnight Eastern Time first in a series of rotating strikes in 24 hours.
Winnipeg was chosen as the first city to strike, as it was the first city to be affected by the modernization program of Canada Post.
Canada Post has said it needs to deal with labor costs; taking note of the letter-mail business has dropped by more than 17 percent since 2006 due to digital communications.
Your contract offer last minute was unable to meet the union before a strike deadline, which caused CUPW to announce plans to carry on picketing on the morning of Thursday.
Lisa Peterson, vice president of the local CUPW Winnipeg, said the strikes rotation has an impact because Canada Post is not known where the next blow.
“It does often attract the attention a little more for us to society because they know not what the city is coming to the next, so there is no preparation for them,” Peterson said in a telephone interview from the picket line.
But Michelle Fidler Winnipeg letter carrier would have preferred that the postal workers from coast to coast have left the job at the same time.
“(The strike of rotation) can bring them back to the table, but I think we need to take seriously. And I think the only way is for the whole country to leave,” said Fidler.
She says that while postal workers do not want to disappoint customers of Canada Post, she believes this is a “fight very important” – and not just for postal workers.
“I think people have forgotten why the unions are there to begin with. And companies are becoming more and more greedy and they’re doing it on the backs of workers like me,” said Fidler.
“Nobody has rich working at Canada Post in the position I find myself later this month. I have a fancy car or big house, and hard work. And I do not think the public knows exactly how difficult it is work. ”
As for the fall line in Canada in the volume of e-mail letters, Ms. Fidler said, “anyone with a brain knows that times are changing and the union accepts it.
“Society is not telling people they have done for the volume loss in the mail … they have done to her, asking increasingly more targeted and no e-mail advertising contracts.
“I have 453 residential calls that go every day. Measures to eight miles a day. And I’m going to almost every house every day. They rarely miss a home. There are volumes there,” said Fidler.
Meanwhile, Canada Post spokesman Jon Hamilton said that while negotiations between the company and the union will continue, the Crown Corporation has said all week has been committed to reaching an agreement.
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