OTTAWA, June 10, 2011 /CNW/ - In response to today's request from Labour Minister Lisa Raitt, the
Canadian Union of Postal Workers agreed to suspend strike activity. The
union's only condition was that the terms of its collective agreement
would be reinstated.
In 1991, when CUPW suspended its strike action to assist mediation
efforts, Canada Post agreed to reinstate the union's collective
At 6 PM this evening, Canada Post's management rejected the union's
"This behaviour on the part of Canada Post Corporation is totally
unacceptable," said Denis Lemelin, CUPW National President and chief
negotiator. "We are showing that we are willing to suspend our strike
in good faith and with goodwill, as the Minister requested. Once again,
Canada Post is rejecting any of our efforts to resolve the issues."
As a result of Canada Post's rejection, the union will continue its
strike action in an effort to force Canada Post to negotiate. This
weekend, postal workers in Red Deer, Alberta, are on the picket line.
Negotiations meetings are scheduled for this evening and will continue
over the weekend.
SOURCE CANADIAN UNION OF POSTAL WORKERS
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