OTTAWA, Jan. 26, 2014 /CNW/ - Thousands of postal workers and supporters
rallied in Ottawa on Sunday to send a message to Canada Post and the
Harper federal government about their plan to end door-to-door mail
delivery and hike postage rates.
"The Conservatives are wrong to think that people are going to accept
these cuts," Gayle Bossenberry of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers
said in front of a cheering crowd at the Prime Minister's office.
"Stephen Harper, axe this plan and consult with the public!"
Canada Post took most Canadians by surprise with its announcement of
December 11th that it would replace all door-to-door delivery with community
mailboxes and further outraged the public when its President Deepak
Chopra suggested that seniors wanted the exercise. Since December,
municipalities, small business owners, seniors' groups and disability
advocates have been taking up the issue across the country. So far,
Vancouver, Victoria and Medicine Hat are officially opposing the cuts
to door-to-door delivery. Other municipalities are expected to follow.
Speakers at Sunday's demonstration included seniors, disability
activists and politicians as well as representatives from local,
regional and national labour organizations. They were joined by more
than 2,000 postal workers and members of the public from Ottawa,
Toronto, Montreal, Quebec and Southern Ontario.
"The post office does not belong to Chopra. It does not belong to
Harper. It belongs to the public," said Sylvain Lapointe, CUPW National
Director of the Montreal Region.
While the rally in Ottawa was the largest, it was not the only sign of
popular opposition to the Canada Post plan, which is backed by the
Conservative government. Rallies, town halls, forums, petitions and
other activities are happening across the country. Many people and
businesses are hanging signs in their windows and on their mailboxes
that say "Save Canada Post."
The union is urging people to contact their Members of Parliament. A
sample letter can be found at www.savecanadapost.ca.
Video with caption: "Video: Rally For Postal Service Draws Thousands". Video available at: http://stream1.newswire.ca/cgi-bin/playback.cgi?file=20140127_C5252_VIDEO_EN_35892.mp4&posterurl=http://photos.newswire.ca/images/20140127_C5252_PHOTO_EN_35892.jpg&clientName=Canadian%20Union%20of%20Postal%20Workers&caption=Video%3A%20Rally%20For%20Postal%20Service%20Draws%20Thousands&title=Rally%20For%20Postal%20Service%20Draws%20Thousands&headline=Rally%20For%20Postal%20Service%20Draws%20Thousands
Image with caption: "Postal workers protesting cuts at a rally in Ottawa, Sunday January 26th (CNW Group/Canadian Union of Postal Workers)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140126_C5252_PHOTO_EN_35864.jpg
Image with caption: "Postal workers protesting cuts at a rally in Ottawa, Sunday January 26th (CNW Group/Canadian Union of Postal Workers)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140126_C5252_PHOTO_EN_35866.jpg
SOURCE: Canadian Union of Postal Workers
For further information:
Aalya Ahmad, CUPW Communications, 613-327-1177.