OTTAWA, June 28, 2011 /CNW/ - First they were locked out. Then they were
legislated back again. Now postal workers in some parts of the country
are being handed a new delivery policy telling them they can't deliver
the mail even though they are back on the job.
"In some places, Canada Post is telling letter carriers to bring back
mail, even if they aren't finished their route," said Denis Lemelin,
National President of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers. "Piles of
backlogged mail are sitting in postal depots while Canada Post pushes
its employees around."
In Montreal, Windsor, Hamilton, Scarborough and Kitchener, letter
carriers reporting for duty were instructed to return all their
undelivered mail to their originating office after eight hours of work.
Prior to the labour dispute, letter carriers would have been able to
deliver mail to all the addresses on their route.
The union points out that the new policy will further hold up mail
delivery, which was shut down by Canada Post on June 14th.
"Canada Post has an obligation to provide postal service to all citizens
under the Canada Post Corporation Act," said Lemelin. "Instead, management continues to hold the public's mail
"The Harper government claimed it had to legislate us back to work
because getting the mail moving is vital for the economy. What is the
Minister of Labour going to do about Canada Post putting policies in
place that delay large volumes of mail?"
SOURCE CANADIAN UNION OF POSTAL WORKERS
For further information:
For media enquiries, please contact Aalya Ahmad, CUPW Communications, 613-327-1177.
For all other enquiries, please contact CUPW at 613-236-7238.