STATEMENT ON THE POTENTIAL CANADA POST LOCKOUT

NDP Canada Post critic Karine Trudel and NDP Labour critic Sheri Beson made the following statement:

“We are very troubled to learn that Canada Post is preparing to lockout its workers. The employees of Canada Post are continuing to negotiate in good faith while also continuing their work delivering the mail across the country. Canada Post workers are asking that pay equity be applied to the entire workforce. Currently, rural and suburban mail carriers, 70% of whom are women, make 28% less than the male-dominated urban group. ”

NDP M.P. for Salaberry – Suroît, Mme Anne Minh-Thu Quach, is also concerned for the effects of a lock-out on local businesses and community organizations :

“Our region is mainly rural where businesses, commerce and our organizations rely heavily on the delivery of mail. They need to receive payments, to emit bills and also to deliver goods that rely on our postal service. Most of them cannot afford who-knows-how-many weeks of paralysis, a lock-out that is based on premises that were already challenged five years ago. The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) have thought out proposals that this government should consider carefully. ”

In 2011, Canadians saw Canada Post workers locked-out, prevented from doing their jobs and then the Conservatives passed legislation that unilaterally forced to them to accept unfair concessions, lowering working conditions. Canadians are now disappointed to see this trend continue under the new Liberal government.

Canadians across the country and small business in particular will pay the price for the mismanagement of Canada Post. This government was given a mandate to end the Conservative-style attempts to discredit and disrupt our postal service, to restore door-to-door mail delivery, and to respect pay equity as a right. So far, the Liberal government has abandoned its promises. The NDP believes that solutions can still be found from the bargaining table and not from a locked door. Canada post needs to get back to bargaining in good faith immediately

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