OTTAWA – Still no work stoppage, but not really any progress either in the labour dispute at Canada Post.
The crown corporation is rejecting the latest offer from the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.
Canada Post put out a scathing statement today, saying it was “extremely disappointed” and that the proposal would saddle the crown corporation with at least $1-billion in new costs.
CUPW boss Mike Palecek is firing back.
“I would ask the public, ‘What would you do if you were being asked to accept that future generations won’t be able to have the same retirement plan? What would you do if you were asked to just accept that women in rural areas just get paid less?’ We think you’d do exactly what we’re doing.”
Both sides would have to give 72 hours notice before taking any lockout or strike action. Palecek insists his side remains committed to avoiding such action.
“We’ve been clear that we want to remain at the negotiating table and hammer out a collective agreement without a labour dispute. We’re concerned that Canada Post may not have the same aim, but we have no intention of issuing notice at this point.”
Key sticking points remain potential changes to pensions and pay for female employees in rural areas. The union says they aren’t being paid equally.