OTTAWA, Jan. 30, 2012 /CNW/ - The union representing the majority of
postal workers across the country has notched up another win in its
battle against the Harper government's back-to-work legislation of last
A federal court in Montreal has overturned Minister of Labour Lisa
Raitt's appointment of retired judge Coulter Osbourne to arbitrate the
labour dispute and ordered Raitt to appoint a bilingual arbitrator with
labour relations experience. Osbourne, a unilingual judge with no
previous labour experience, resigned in November; had he not done so,
this decision, handed down by Judge Martineau, would have cancelled his
In a prior victory, the courts ordered a stay of arbitration proceedings
until this matter could be settled.
"The courts are recognizing the injustice of Harper's treatment of
working people," said Denis Lemelin, national president of the Canadian
Union of Postal Workers.
In June 2011, thousands of urban postal workers went on rotating strikes
and were then locked out in a massive shutdown of the country's postal
system by Canada Post management. The Conservatives used the shutdown
to legislate the postal workers back-to-work, imposing punitive
measures that blatantly tipped the scale in favour of their employer.
The CUPW is challenging the back-to-work legislation as unjust
interference in free collective bargaining.
"We'll continue to fight this government's attack on workers using all
the means at our disposal," said Lemelin.
SOURCE CANADIAN UNION OF POSTAL WORKERS
For further information:
Aalya Ahmad, CUPW Communications, at 613-327-1177