NORTH DURHAM: Negotiations are continuing between Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW), as the postal service has withdrawn its lockout notice.
In a statement released on Sunday, July 10, Canada Post said it made the decision to “allow both parties to focus their efforts on serious negotiations.”
On Tuesday, July 5, Canada Post issued their 72 hour lockout notice to the union, which could have seen a lockout on Friday, July 8. However, one day later, they extended the lockout notice to Monday, July 11, just after noon, before ultimately repealing the notice altogether on Sunday. A spokesperson for Canada Post was not available for comment.
CUPW stated, in a press release, that they “remain committed to negotiating fair collective agreements” and are “encouraged that Canada Post now shares that perspective.”
Positive news came out of the negotiation earlier on Sunday, when MaryAnn Mihychuk, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, made a statement that there was headway made.
“I am pleased that there has been movement at the bargaining table, and that progress is being made. I encourage both Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers to continue their discussions beyond the lockout notice deadline,” she said.
According to multiple reports, the two sides remain far apart on wages and pensions.
CUPW had previously proposed a 30 day cooling off period, where negotiations would continue without any labour action. Canada Post agreed but, after the postal service added in binding arbitration, CUPW rejected the proposal.