Trudeau low on pa­tience for Canada Post strike

Said his gov­ern­ment may have to act to end the dis­pute if an agree­ment isn’t reached soon

StarMetro Edmonton - - CANADA & WORLD - DAR­REN CAL­ABRESE/THE CANA­DIAN PRESS Terry Ped­well

Canada Post has ex­panded walk­outs to dozens of lo­ca­tions, in­clud­ing in Que­bec, On­tario, Bri­tish Columbia and Nova Sco­tia. OT­TAWA—Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau is giv­ing in­di­ca­tions that his pa­tience is run­ning out for Canada Post to reach a con­tract set­tle­ment with its union­ized em­ploy­ees as ro­tat­ing strikes con­tinue.

Trudeau said his gov­ern­ment might soon act to end the dis­pute if the Crown cor­po­ra­tion and the Cana­dian Union of Postal Work­ers can’t bridge their dif­fer­ences.

Trudeau com­mented on the dis­pute to­day as CUPW mem­bers ex­panded their ro­tat­ing walk­outs to dozens of lo­ca­tions across the coun­try, in­clud­ing in Que­bec, On­tario, Bri­tish Columbia and Nova Sco­tia. The job ac­tions have tem­po­rar­ily shut down Canada Post’s op­er­a­tions in more than 150 com­mu­ni­ties since be­ing launched last month.

The Lib­er­als have un­til now said they pre­ferred to see con­tracts reached through col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing.

To help in that process, Labour Min­is­ter Patty Ha­jdu ap­pointed a spe­cial me­di­a­tor in the Canada Post dis­pute a lit­tle over two weeks ago.

Mor­ton Mitch­nick’s man­date has been ex­tended un­til Sun­day.

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