Posties forced back to work

The Woolwich Observer - - NEWS -

The se­ries of ro­tat­ing postal strikes came to an end this week, with the fed­eral govern­ment in­tro­duc­ing back-to-work leg­is­la­tion ahead of the busy hol­i­day sea­son.

Ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween Canada Post and the Cana­dian Union of Postal Work­ers (CUPW) have been on­go­ing for more than a year, but ten­sions es­ca­lated when CUPW launched a ro­tat­ing strike be­gin­ning on Oc­to­ber 22. The postal work­ers are aim­ing to ad­dress con­cerns about health and safety, specif­i­cally is­sues with forced over­time and the over­bur­den­ing of let­ter car­ri­ers.

The strike has hit lo­ca­tions all across Canada, in­clud­ing Elmira, Kitch­ener and Wa­ter­loo. Canada Post said on Tues­day af­ter­noon that Cana­di­ans can ex­pect de­liv­ery de­lays for the next sev­eral weeks due to “un­prece­dented back­logs.” De­lays with in­ter­na­tional parcels could be ex­pected un­til March 2019.

The union says it in­tends to fight the leg­is­la­tion and con­tinue to press Canada Post for bet­ter terms.

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