OTTAWA, April 18 /CNW/ - Members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers
(CUPW) have voted 94.5% in favour of striking if necessary to obtain a
collective agreement that addresses real problems and meets their
"We hope the sky-high strike vote and the record turnout of our members
will put pressure on Canada Post to negotiate," said CUPW National
President Denis Lemelin.
"Canada Post has been very focused on its demands, not ours. The
corporation wants to pay new employees 30 percent less. It wants to
reduce their benefits, weaken their job security and provide an
inferior pension. It also wants to attack retiree benefits, sick leave
and turn back the clock on many other contract provisions."
The results of the strike vote show that postal workers will not accept
these rollbacks. According to Lemelin, the post office is about to
announce its 16th consecutive year of profits. The corporation also plans to make huge
productivity gains through modernization. Postal workers are saying
they deserve a share of the benefits.
"A 94.5 % strike vote sends a clear message to Canada Post''said
Lemelin."CUPW members want a collective agreement that recognizes our
work is behind the increases in profits and productivity. They want
management to share, instead of attacking our wages, rights and working
Meanwhile negotiations continue, with the aid of a government-appointed
conciliator. If an agreement is not reached, CUPW gains the right to
strike on May 24 at midnight.
SOURCE CANADIAN UNION OF POSTAL WORKERS
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