Conservative Government Imposes Harsh Conditions on Postal Workers

June 20, 2011

For Immediate Release

CUPW picketline at main sorting plant in Victoria

OTTAWA – The federal government’s back-to-work bill penalizes postal workers and rewards Canada Post for locking out employees and stopping mail delivery nationwide.

The bill legislates wage increases that fall significantly below Canada Post’s last offer. Canada Post’s last offer was 1.9% in 2011, 2012 and 2013, and 2.0 % in 2014, well below the 3.3% rate of inflation. The Tories’ bill would lower that even further with 1.75 % in 2011, 1.5% in 2012, 2% in 2013 and 2% in 2014.

“Imposing wage increases that are lower than Canada Post’s last offer punishes postal workers for a disruption that was caused by the corporation’s national lockout,” said CUPW National President Denis Lemelin.

“The bill would take $875.50 out of the pockets of an average full-time postal worker during the four years of the agreement. All told, it represents a theft of $35 million from postal workers and their families.”

Lemelin said the government’s heavy-handed interventions will damage labour relations for years to come. The last time the federal government imposed back to work legislation in 1997, it included a provision that ensured the mediator arbitrator considered the importance of good labour-management relations. The current legislation contains no such provision.

“The arbitrator who is assigned to do the final offer selection will not have to live with the results,” said Lemelin. “An imposed settlement will not help the post office in the long term.”

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For more information contact:
Aalya Ahmad, Communications Specialist, Canadian Union of Postal Workers,
Cell: 613-327-1177,
Email: aahmad@cupw-sttp.org,
CUPW website: http://www.cupw.ca

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Victoria Machinists Support CUPW Picket Line

As the Canadian Union of Postal Workers launch rotating strikes against pension reductions and two tiered wage structures, Machinists Local Lodge 456 joined fellow Victoria Labour Council delegates in standing in solidarity. June 7 was Victoria’s day and Machinists visited two picket lines. The first was at the main Post Office on Yates Street in downtown Victoria and then traveled to to the main sorting station on Glanford.

Stan Dzbik, President of IAMAW Local Lodge 456, in solidarity with postal workers

Jim Sinclair, president of the BC Federation of Labour, spoke in support of the strikers . The Victoria Times Colonist reports

Jim Sinclair, president of the B.C. Federation of Labour, walked on the picket line with the postal workers on Glanford Avenue and urged them to fight for a fair contract.

“Let me thank you on behalf of the Canadian people, let me thank you on behalf of working people in B.C. and working people in Canada for what you do every day.

“You are a giant economic vein, you are a fundamental part of the economy of this country and what you do every day is extremely valuable to making our economy work and our communities work.”

Read more: http://www.timescolonist.com/business/Postal+storm+socks+region/4910824/story.html#ixzz1OiPuLVKm

Jim Sinclair, Presidient of the BC Fed, on the postal worker picketline

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