End of Canada Post strike wel­come news to small busi­nesses

The Southwest Booster - - OPINION -

Small busi­nesses can breathe a sigh of re­lief at the an­nounce­ment that the Canada Post strike has ended. The Cana­dian Fed­er­a­tion of In­de­pen­dent Busi­ness (CFIB) is pleased the fed­eral govern­ment has lis­tened to small busi­ness by do­ing what was nec­es­sary to en­sure postal ser­vice can re­sume ahead of the hol­i­day sea­son.

“Small busi­ness own­ers de­pend on Canada Post to send and re­ceive pay­ments and get cus­tomer or­ders out,” said CFIB pres­i­dent Dan Kelly. “The weeks lead­ing to Christ­mas can rep­re­sent a huge chunk of an­nual sales for re­tail­ers. The strike was quickly be­com­ing an emer­gency for many small firms and for Cana­dian con­sumers at this very im­por­tant time of year. The govern­ment made the right de­ci­sion to in­tro­duce back to work leg­is­la­tion.”

A re­cent sur­vey of CFIB mem­bers found that 71 per cent sup­ported leg­is­lat­ing the postal work­ers back to work. Two thirds of small busi­nesses re­ported they had been neg­a­tively af­fected by the strike, at an av­er­age cost of $3,000.

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