Postal disruptions at Christmas time... what a surprise
In a society of greed, the strike by Canada Post workers, all 42,000 urban and 8,000 rural ones, is not that surprising.
Blame no one. Blame everyone.
Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) have thrown a monkey wrench into the lives of everyone: everyone from gigantic corporations like EBAY and Amazon — to cannabis users (especially in Ontario where it is the only way to get their favourite green product) — to four year olds sending Christmas letters to Santa. It could be all over by the time you read this, it may be just starting to get nasty.
It has been suggested the Canada Post workers are hurting themselves by having a strike like this with Christmas season in relatively full swing.
Critics say the public may try to other avenues in order to get packages and correspondence...after all, we are in the digital age. who uses mail? Bills are paid using your phone, everyone sends digital Christmas cards and no one really has to buy stationary any more.
By a stroke of luck, one of the various meal tickets the post workers are angering through all of this — the on-line stores and e-commerce entities — have been a jackpot for business with many people choosing to shop on line as opposed to actually see something tangible in their hands and live with their own eyes.
It wasn't that long ago that these workers' jobs were in dubious peril.
In 2013, the Conference Board of Canada said with the trend of less public usage by 2020, Canada Post would be face $1B loss.
That didn't happen. In fact, Canada Post actually made money for a while.
In a Aug. 28 release, For the first two quarters of 2018, Canada Post is reporting a loss before taxes of $172 million, compared to a profit before tax of $77 million for the same period in 2017. Low and behold nearly 13 months away from that $1B loss prediction they are no where near that although you wonder what the future holds. Cutbacks in rural areas – where the service is really needed – as well the rising costs of transportation and ever increasing salaries, leave customers concerned. And raises concerns for many of those waiting for Christmas presents if they have to wait until 2019.