Back-to-work legislation is an attack on labour rights

OTTAWA, June 23, 2011 /CNW/ - Union members and concerned citizens are rallying behind postal workers today, taking a stand against the Conservative government's regressive back-to-work legislation for CUPW members on strike against Canada Post.

Earlier today, community members and locked out Canada Post workers occupied Ottawa West-Nepean MP John Baird's office, demanding that the government retract its back-to-work legislation, which would take $35 million from the pockets of postal workers and their families over the next four years. The legislation will also impose lower starting wages for young workers.

If the back-to-work legislation passes, the new CUPW collective agreement would be decided by a government-appointed arbitrator. The parties would each submit a draft collective agreement and the arbitrator would be forced to choose one in its entirety. This process of final offer selection ensures that the process is biased towards the employer.

"This legislation is an attack on collective bargaining rights and is a threat to all workers - especially young workers," says Larry Rousseau, PSAC's Regional Executive Vice-President for the National Capital Region. "We stand in solidarity with CUPW members and will do everything in our power to stop this bill from becoming law."

Further solidarity actions include:

  • A rally organized by the People for Postal Workers, tonight at 7:00 pm at the Ottawa Public Library (120 Metcalfe). PSAC's Larry Rousseau will be speaking.
  • A march to Parliament Hill at 8pm to support the NDP's attempts to delay the legislation as long as possible.
  • PSAC members will be present in the House of Commons to support the NDP during the debate on the back-to-work legislation.
  • A solidarity picnic on the picket line at Canada Post plant at (Alta Vista and Industrial Road), 12:00 pm tomorrow (June 24).


For further information:

or to request interviews:
Ariel Troster, PSAC Communications
613-292-8363 (cell)


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