Persistent postal strike could linger

According to recent reports, senior officials with the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW), whose members have been on a rotating strike since Oct. 22, are expecting the job action to continue for the foreseeable future.

The CUPW’s demands focus on health and safety concerns, an ever-increasing workload, job security and insufficient wages.

“We haven’t got much agreement on any of those areas,” Gord Fischer, CUPW’s national director for the prairie region, told Global News Morning on Nov. 3. “It’s been two weeks and we haven’t seen much movement on the other side.”

Prior to the CUPW’s decision to target Toronto for the second time since the strikes began three weeks ago, the number of trailers full of parcels and packets waiting to be unloaded and processed at a Canada Post facilities exceeded 150, the Crown corporation said.

The rotating strikes are continuing to cause “delays of several days for mail or parcel deliveries,” according to Jon Hamilton, spokesman for Canada Post, which was expected to deliver more than a million parcels a day this holiday season.

“Canada Post remains committed to the bargaining process,” reads a recent statement issued by the Crown corporation, which adds it “has made significant offers to CUPW that include increased wages, job security, and improved benefits, and it has not asked for any concessions in return.”

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