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RSS FeedsCanada Post `hellbent´ on labour dispute as talks continue, union president says
(The Star Travel)


12 july 2018 20:57:56

Canada Post `hellbent´ on labour dispute as talks continue, union president says
(The Star Travel)

OTTAWA—The president of Canada Post’s biggest workers’ union says the Crown corporation is spoiling for a labour fight as more than 50,000 employees prepare for a summertime strike-vote amidst ongoing talks. Mike Palecek, president of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, accused Canada Post management of stubbornness at the bargaining table, where talks for a new employees’ contract that began in late 2017 have accomplished “virtually nothing.” Negotiations entered a new stage this week, as third-party conciliators were brought in to help hammer out an agreement before a Sept. 9 deadline. If no deal is reached by then, a strike or lockout will be possible by late September. “So far we’ve been met with an absolute refusal to move on any substantial issue from the corporation,” Palecek told the Star. “They seem hellbent on driving us towards a labour dispute,” he said.Canada Post spokesperson Jon Hamilton said Thursday that the company would not comment on the situation in an interview, but provided an emailed statement that described the conciliation process as a normal part of labour talks.“Canada Post negotiators are working hard to find common ground with CUPW and believe a quick resolution to negotiations is in the best interest of customers and employees,” the statement said. Read more:Canada Post, union get 90 days to settle rural-urban pay equity disputeCanada Post Group reports 2017 profit up as parcel business swellsEditorial | Ottawa clears path to success for Canada PostPalecek said the union wants to resolve a number of problems for the two workers’ units involved in the talks: the 42,000 workers in urban operations and 8,000 rural and suburban mail carriers that together make up more than three-quarters of Canada Post’s workforce. A major sticking point is over pay equity between these units. Sixty-five per cent of the rural and suburban unit is women, but the ...
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