Canada Post workers ready for strike vote



    MONTREAL, Oct. 1 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada Post employees demonstrated in
Montreal on Monday in a show of protest against their employer's latest
contract offer. The workers are members of the Union of Postal Communications
Employees (UPCE) - a component of the Public Service Alliance of Canada
(PSAC).
    "The employer's last offer is an insult. We have no choice but to take a
strike vote and to move our members towards strike action," says Richard Des
Lauriers, UPCE National President. Des Lauriers was speaking at the
demonstration in front of Canada Post's Montreal plant.
    The protest comes in response to a "take it or leave it" offer tabled by
Canada Post on August 21. Des Lauriers characterizes the employer's behaviour
as "completely unacceptable" and warned that his members will not be bullied
into accepting concessions.
    "We are determined to get the best possible deal for our members," says
Des Lauriers, reminding the members that they can count on support from the
labour movement and from their fellow workers at Canada Post.
    John Gordon, National President of the PSAC, addressed the delegates at
the convention. He said that PSAC will commit all resources necessary to
ensure effective strike action by UPCE members should they choose to strike.
    "We will not let our UPCE sisters and brothers fight alone against Canada
Post," Gordon said. "As PSAC members, they can count on the solidarity of
workers all over Canada," he added.
    Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) National President Denis Lemelin
also attended the demonstration. Speaking for the almost 60,000 CUPW members
who work at Canada Post, Lemelin said that his members are ready and willing
to help their UPCE sisters and brothers.
    Delegates to the UPCE national convention - which took place in Montreal
from September 27 to 30 - took part in the demonstration and demanded that
Canada Post return to the bargaining table with a better offer.
    The UPCE negotiating team will seek a strike mandate in an effort to
force Canada Post to modify its latest offer. The strike vote will be held in
all regions of the country starting Wednesday, October 1, 20008.




For further information:

For further information: Alain Cossette, PSAC Communications, (613)
293-9210


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