OTTAWA, June 21, 2011 /CNW/ - The back to work legislation against
postal workers introduced by the Conservative government is
"illegitimate" and shows contempt for Canadian democracy, says CEP
President Dave Coles.
"This is illegitimate legislation that imposes a contract, wages and a
phony arbitration on other key issues," said Coles. "This is everything
the employer wants and utter contempt for free collective bargaining."
Coles said that legislating wages of postal workers for a period of four
years is a form of wage controls. "For Ms. Raitt to then say that
negotiations can still take place is entirely disingenuous," he said.
"The Harper government has all but destroyed free collective bargaining
at Canada Post," Coles added. "If Canadians understood that this was
his intention they would not have given him a majority and the
unbridled power to trample on rights. This shows Harper's contempt for
worker rights and for Canadian democracy."
The 125,000 member CEP signed a "solidarity pact" with CUPW earlier this
"Whatever decisions CUPW now must take, they will have the unconditional
support of CEP and the Canadian labour movement," said Coles.
SOURCE COMMUNICATIONS, ENERGY AND PAPERWORKERS UNION OF CANADA
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