OTTAWA, May 18 /CNW/ - Postal workers will continue to deliver cheques
to pensioners and social assistance recipients even in the event of a
national strike or lockout.
With the deadline to reach a settlement just a week away, the Canadian
Union of Postal Workers wants the public to know that their issue is
with their employer Canada Post, not retirees or those on low incomes.
The Canadian Union of Postal Workers offered to deliver pension and
social assistance cheques early on in their negotiations with Canada
Post. The details have now been worked out. Volunteers from the union
will deliver federal Canada Pension Plan, Old Age Security and Child
Benefits cheques, as well as provincial social assistance cheques in
Quebec, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta and the North West Territories.
Some provincial and territorial governments, including Newfoundland and
Labrador, P.E.I, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Manitoba, B.C, Yukon and
Nunavut have informed Canada Post that they would opt out of this plan.
"We are pleased that we were able to make this agreement with Canada
Post to deliver pension and social assistance cheques," said Denis
Lemelin, national president and chief negotiator of CUPW at a press
conference held today in Ottawa. "The agreement shows that we can
negotiate solutions and we will continue to try to negotiate
While the union is doing its best to reach a settlement, the two sides
remain far apart on many issues. Canada Post, now in its sixteenth
consecutive year of profits, is demanding new hires take a wage cut and
is trying to impose a new and inferior sick leave plan on all
employees. For its part, the union has demands that have yet to be
resolved, including important health and safety issues.
"We have one signed agreement, we are aiming for another," said Lemelin,
"a decent collective agreement that will preserve good postal service
The union will be able to exercise its right to strike and Canada Post
its right to lock out at midnight on May 24th. Both parties must provide 72 hours notice of their intention prior to
a strike or lockout.
SOURCE CANADIAN UNION OF POSTAL WORKERS
For further information:
please contact Aalya Ahmad, CUPW Communications, 613-327-1177