OTTAWA, Jan. 21 /CNW/ - The union representing 54,000 postal workers has
filed for conciliation under the provisions of the Canada Labour Code.
A government-appointed conciliator will now attempt to bring the
Canadian Union of Postal Workers and Canada Post Corporation to a
negotiated settlement. The appointment of a conciliator starts the
clock ticking towards a possible strike or lockout by the end of April.
"We've taken this action because Canada Post has to move from its
hard-line position on demanding significant concessions from our
members, even while it continues to post profits and spend money on
technological changes," said Denis Lemelin, CUPW National President and
Among the concessions that Canada Post is demanding is the replacement
of postal workers' sick leave with a short-term disability plan. It is
also insisting on new work methods that the union considers unsafe. The
new methods have already created huge problems and disruptions of mail
service in Winnipeg, where they were first implemented last year. For
new hires, the rollbacks include the imposition of a defined
contribution pension plan rather than the current defined benefit plan.
The union is adamant in its rejection of a two-tier system.
"Canada Post wants to eliminate the current pension plan for new hires
now and then impose the new scheme on all employees during a future
round of bargaining," said Lemelin. "We have to take a strong stand now
to maintain our public postal service and ensure that future workers
will not suffer a deterioration in their working conditions."
SOURCE CANADIAN UNION OF POSTAL WORKERS
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