NORTH DURHAM: Canada Post has issued their 72 hour notice to the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW).
The announcement was made early on Tuesday, July 5. This means there could be a work stoppage as early as Friday, July 8.
However, Canada Post said in a press release that this does not necessarily mean they will close on Friday, but rather that it will allow them to “ take measures that are necessary to respond to the changing business reality.”
Canada Post also informed the union that their latest offer on the table is being considered final.
The postal service justified their actions, stating in a press release the “uncertainty caused by the prolonged negotiations and the union’s strike mandate is having a negative and escalating impact on the postal service”
The union responded, alleging that this has been Canada Post’s plan from the very beginning.
“We knew this was their game all along. They are sabotaging the public review of the post office. They refused to negotiate fairly with us, and now they’re locking the doors and will try to starve us into submission,” Mike Palecek, president of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers said in a press release.
According to Canada Post, the Parcel Delivery Service tabled offers to the union on Saturday, June 25, that featured “modest and manageable wage increases” but had “no changes to the pension for all employees in the plan.”
The union rebuffed the offer, stating that the wage offer “is an insult” and adding the majority of employees “would receive pay increases of 0.75% per year or less.”
CUPW made a counter offer on Saturday, July 2. However, Canada Post stated the offer “would add at least $1 Billion, in new costs.”
Postal workers could have been in strike position as early as on Saturday, July 2. However, CUPW did not give the 72 hour notice required for a strike. Canada Post last experienced a work stoppage in 2011.