TORONTO, Sept. 20, 2014 /CNW/ - Supporters of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers' "Save Canada Post" campaign rallied today in front of the Eglinton-Lawrence constituency office of Conservative Finance Minister Joe Oliver.
The protesters were there to condemn the federal Conservatives' move to eliminate home mail delivery for millions of Canadians, hike postage rates and cut postal service in what many see as a step towards privatization.
The event follows a visit to Lisa Raitt's office in Milton (Ontario) last Friday and coincides with a rally in Roberval (Quebec) targeting Denis Lebel. Conservatives have unsuccessfully been trying to distance themselves from the massively unpopular cuts since they were announced by Canada Post in December 2013, once Parliament ended for the holiday season.
"I say to Finance Minister Joe Oliver, you can hide, but you cannot escape our anger, and you cannot avoid our determination to hold you and your government accountable for cuts to the postal service that Canadians hold dear," said Elizabeth Byce, a CUPW retired member, addressing the crowds gathered in front of Oliver's office.
The rally, endorsed by many labour and community groups, included labour leaders from CUPW, the Canadian Labour Congress, the Public Service Alliance of Canada, the Canadian Auto Workers, the Ontario Federation of Labour, the Ontario Public Service Employees' Union, CUPE Ontario, the United Steelworkers Toronto Area Council and UNIFOR as well as community allies.
SOURCE: Canadian Union of Postal Workers
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