OTTAWA, Aug. 27, 2014 /CNW/ - Canada Post's latest profits prove what
postal workers have been saying all along: alternatives to cutting
postal service should not be dismissed.
"When our post office has been profitable for most of the last two
decades, the types of cuts that Canada Post and the Conservatives are
trying to impose on us are completely unnecessary," said Denis Lemelin,
National President of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.
"We need to do what the rest of the world is doing and make the post
office a better service, not a lack of service."
Canada Post's case for cutting has rested on a 2013 Conference Board
report that claimed traditional mail volumes would plummet, spelling
disaster. Instead, the Crown Corporation has posted
higher-than-expected mail volumes and significantly
lower-than-predicted losses since the report was issued, including a
profit in 2012.
Notably, the Conference Board report predicted Canada Post would lose
$400 million in 2014 rather than showing a profit
"That '$1 billion by 2020' figure the Conservatives toss around as an
excuse to attack our public post office is from a report that has
failed to predict anything accurately so far," said Lemelin.
"According to Canada Post's own annual reports, the Conference Board was
wrong about 2012, they were wrong about 2013 and now they're wrong
about 2014. The report is discredited, the Conservatives are wrong and
Canada Post management is wrong."
CUPW has been pushing for postal banking, an idea steadily gaining
traction in the United States, as a way to keep the postal system
viable while offering much-needed financial services to underbanked
The union points out that the upcoming anniversary of the Canadian Postal Charter provides the government with a real opportunity to consult with the
public on any changes to the post office.
SOURCE: Canadian Union of Postal Workers
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