OTTAWA, Jan. 18 /CNW/ - The announcement of a new Canada Post President
and Chief Executive Officer comes at a time when negotiations are
underway with its largest union, CUPW. The union is hoping the new boss
will mean some positive changes to the way things are being done. "We have requested a meeting with Deepak Chopra to introduce ourselves
and highlight some key concerns," said Denis Lemelin, National
President of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.
"We think the corporation needs a management that understands that
Canada Post is, first and foremost, a public service. It also needs a
management that is willing to sit down with the union and solve
Canada Post has demanded a large number of concessions at the urban
operations bargaining table. It is also implementing a controversial
modernization program that has negatively affected services, jobs, and
health and safety for workers across the country. While declining mail
volumes are being cited as a reason for pushing these changes, postal
workers are hoping the new CEO will consider all the options.
"Service expansion needs to be part of this discussion," said
Lemelin. Canada Post could expand the services it provides to the
population and generate the revenue it needs for the future. It could
add banking, expand parcel delivery, extend door-to-door delivery and
increase retail services.
"The corporation has recently made some small moves in this direction
but it could be doing much more. Other postal administrations around
the world are dramatically expanding services and we would like to see
Canada Post take this positive direction."
SOURCE CANADIAN UNION OF POSTAL WORKERS
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