Company withdraws key proposal and agrees to maintain percentage of
OTTAWA, June 6, 2011 /CNW/ - After careful consideration, Canada Post has again turned down an offer
put forward by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) as part of
the collective bargaining process.
In a formal response to the union, Canada Post stated that CUPW's
proposals remain too expensive and fail to address the challenges
facing the postal system. The union's latest offer would still add a
significant amount of new costs to Canada Post over the life of the
contract and does not offer realistic solutions and flexibility to
problems such as declining mail volumes, increasing competition, and
electronic substitutions of traditional mail. CUPW has not yet put
forward an offer that could form the basis of a deal with Canada Post.
In speaking with the union, Canada Post has also agreed to withdraw one
of its key proposals. The company had previously proposed a system that
would create more part-time positions to help it adapt to a steady
decline in mail volumes. With the hope that CUPW would start to address
the issues facing the postal system, Canada Post has offered to
withdraw this key proposal. Approximately 85 per cent of the jobs in
CUPW's urban bargaining unit are full-time positions.
Canada Post's latest compromise is in keeping with the company's
commitment to reach a negotiated settlement that will protect postal
services, improve employee wages, and ensure the Crown Corporation does
not become a drain on taxpayers. Talks between the company and union
continue in an effort to obtain a collective agreement that meets the
needs of customers, employees and the company.
Despite the rotating strikes that are being undertaken by CUPW, most of
the postal network continues to operate. Mail is being accepted and
processed in all locations that are not impacted by a rotating strike.
Customers can find up-to-date information about the labour situation at
Canada Post and register to receive updates by email or text online at www.infopost.ca/customer.
SOURCE Canada Post
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