WINNIPEG – A potential labour shutdown at Canada Post is on the horizon.
Over 50,000 postal employees have been without a contract since January.
Canadian Union of Postal Workers national president Mike Palecek tells 680 CJOB there are a number of items on the table:
“Canada Post has put forward a number of major concessions and cuts to their employees’ pensions, benefits, job security, you name it.”
He adds — if there’s a shutdown, it looks like a lockout is more likely than a strike:
“Canada Post management certainly isn’t behaving at the bargaining table as if they want a deal. They’re demanding the end of the pension plan, for example, to replace it with a newer pension where workers wouldn’t have a guaranteed pension when they retire. They know we could never accept anything like that.”
Another sticking point, Palacek says, is the union wants to discuss the future.
“We want to talk about service expansion, services that the post office should be providing that people need, such as postal banking, which most countries have, and so far they’re refusing to address these issues.”
Palacek says in many countries, the post office also serves as a public bank, which would help small communities where the banks have pulled out.
In the meantime, in advance of a possible labour shutdown, the province is making government cheques and essential mail available for pickup starting Monday.
For more information on where you can pick up your mail, click HERE.