OTTAWA, June 25, 2011 /CNW/ - The Canadian Union of Postal Workers
(CUPW) says the Harper government has sent a message to all workers
with its unjust and punitive bill legislating postal workers back to
"The government is clearly willing to side with employers to grind down
wages and working conditions," said CUPW National President Denis
Lemelin. "Its decision to use back-to-work legislation in the Canada
Post and Air Canada disputes was not neutral. The Conservatives have
shown themselves to be very anti-worker after only two months of
Lemelin said the government's assertion that its legislation was
necessary to protect the economy is illogical. He said postal workers
had offered to return to work. "The government has attacked our right
to freely negotiate the conditions we work under," said Lemelin. "It
appears that only markets and employers will have freedoms in this
"The union's struggle for safe work, decent jobs and pensions will
continue in spite of this unjust and punitive bill. Fortunately, the
government can't legislate away our determination to fight for our
rights," said Lemelin.
Lemelin added that postal workers are very grateful for the support they
received from people all across the country and opposition Members of
Parliament, especially members of the New Democratic Party (NDP) who
eloquently defended free collective bargaining for 58 hours straight.
He said the NDP's filibuster was successful in provoking a resumption
of negotiations between CUPW and Canada Post over the last few days,
but that the negotiations had ultimately failed.
"Canada Post was uncompromising from the moment Harper's government
introduced back-to-work legislation," said Lemelin.
SOURCE CANADIAN UNION OF POSTAL WORKERS
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