TORONTO, Dec. 11, 2013 /CNW/ - The president of one of Canada's largest
unions pledged to campaign against dramatic planned cuts in Canada Post
services, including the complete elimination of door-to-door delivery.
"This is a devastating announcement, that will hurt millions of
Canadians and cripple an important public institution," said Jerry
Dias, Unifor National President.
He pointed out that senior citizens and many other Canadians depend on
door-to-door delivery. He also noted the opposition expressed by many
municipalities to the construction of new super-mailboxes in existing
neighbourhoods. He promised Unifor's support for community groups,
seniors' organizations, municipalities, and the Canadian Union of
Postal Workers in their efforts to defend the quality of postal
"Access to affordable, accessible postal services, no matter where you
live or how mobile you are, is an important democratic right. Canada
Post is not a business, it is a public service. There is no economic
justification for these dramatic cutbacks, it's just another dimension
of needless austerity."
"Doom-and-gloom prophecies about Canada Post's financial losses are not
justified by reality," Dias said. "The company has lost money only
once since the turn of the century. Dismal forecasts are being used
though to scare Canadians into giving an important, legitimate
Dias agreed that the Post Office must change its operations to reflect
changes in communication technology, but that hardly implies the
radical downsizing envisioned by Canada Post's management.
"There are many areas of potential growth for Canada Post, that could
cement its role as a public service long into the future," he noted,
highlighting service opportunities related to e-commerce, package
delivery, postal banking, or public telecommunications access.
"Instead of considering these innovations, management's pessimistic
vision seems to be to simply work its way out of business."
The 8000 job cuts and widespread closings contemplated by Canada Post's
management would only add to the general malaise still experienced in
Canada's labour market.
For further information:
please contact Unifor Communications Director Shannon Devine (cell) 416-302-1699