Postal union sounds alarm

Canada Post propos­ing ad­just­ments in hours for lo­cal of­fices

The Compass - - TRINITY SOUTH - BY TERRY ROBERTS THE COM­PASS

The New­found­land and Labrador branch of the Cana­dian Post­mas­ters and As­sis­tants As­so­ci­a­tion (CPAA) is sound­ing the alarm about what it de­scribes as an im­pend­ing re­duc­tion in op­er­at­ing hours for ru­ral post of­fices, in­clud­ing sites in Bay Roberts and Clarke’s Beach.

Of­fi­cials with the as­so­ci­a­tion, which rep­re­sents Canada Post em­ploy­ees in ru­ral post of­fices, said they re­cently re­ceived no­tice that the cor­po­ra­tion is “in the process of elim­i­nat­ing hours … in Marys­town, Lawn, Har­bour Mille, St. Lawrence, Bay Roberts, Clarke’s Beach, Pla­cen­tia, Fresh­wa­ter, Dunville, Top­sail and Trepassey.”

The as­so­ci­a­tion said there are also plans to elim­i­nate Satur­day hours of op­er­a­tion in Bay Roberts, Clarke’s Beach, Lawn, Har­bour Mille, Top­sail, Par­adise, Fresh­wa­ter and Pla­cen­tia.

“If the hours and the Satur­day op­er­a­tions are elim­i­nated in these ru­ral post of­fices, there will be a neg­a­tive im­pact on the ser­vices as well as the earn­ings of af­fected em­ploy­ees, the ma­jor­ity of whom are women,” the CPAA stated in a news re­lease.

“It will mean a lost of in­come, which is vi­tal to the so­cial and eco­nomic well-be­ing of our com­mu­ni­ties.”

The as­so­ci­a­tion said Canada Post re­duced hours in 67 post of­fices in this prov­ince in 2011, and more re­duc­tions are com­ing in 2012.

“What is new this year is Canada Post’s in­ten­tion to close post of­fices on Satur­day, thus down­grad­ing our level of postal ser­vice,” the CPAA news re­lease stated.

A spokesper­son for Canada Post, Lori Lan­caster, con­firmed that a “pro­posal” has been con­veyed to the CPAA. She said no de­ci­sions will be made un­til con­sul­ta­tions are car­ried out with the as­so­ci­a­tion and the af­fected com­mu­ni­ties.

“There was some com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween Canada Post and the union, and this is part of this con­sul­ta­tion process,” said Lan­caster. “So I think this is the first step into that. The next step will be the con­sul­ta­tion within the com­mu­nity.”

Lan­caster could to say when any final de­ci­sions will be made.

Mean­while, Lan­caster said the pro­pos­als are the re­sult of an on­go­ing anal­y­sis of the op­er­a­tions of all post of­fices across the coun­try.

“We look at the vol­ume of peo­ple that come into the post of­fices, and we look at the vol­ume of mail. And then what we do is come back with pro­pos­als for con­sul­ta­tions,” she ex­plained.

“The post of­fice is not what it used to be,” she added. “The way peo­ple are us­ing it is chang­ing. Folks are send­ing less let­ters and re­ceiv­ing more parcels. So it’s im­por­tant for us to con­sis­tently re­view our op­er­a­tions to en­sure we’re be­ing ef­fi­cient so we re­main vi­able and strong, es­pe­cially in ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties, which are a pri­or­ity for us.”

Ac­cord­ing to the 2010 an­nual re­port of Canada Post, do­mes­tic let­ter­mail busi­ness de­creased by 4.5 per cent from 2009, mark­ing the fourth con­sec­u­tive year-over-year de­crease in do­mes­tic let­ter­mail vol­umes. Some other facts: • The Canada Post Group de­liv­ered 10.6 bil­lion pieces of mail, parcels and mes­sages to more than 15 mil­lion res­i­den­tial and busi­ness ad­dresses in 2010;

• Con­sol­i­dated rev­enue from op­er­a­tions reached $7.5 bil­lion in 2010, an in­crease of 1.9 per cent from 2009. The in­crease in rev­enue was mainly due to price in­creases, but was off­set by vol­ume de­clines;

• Canada Post had about 69,000 em­ploy­ees in 2010.

ed­i­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

Post of­fices in Clarke’s Beach (shown here) and Bay Roberts will likely see a re­duc­tion in op­er­at­ing hours, say of­fi­cials with the New­found­land and Labrador branch of the Cana­dian Post­mas­ters and As­sis­tants As­so­ci­a­tion.

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