The federal government is warning that it may introduce legislation in as little as 48 hours to end the labour dispute at Canada Post.

Labour Minister Lisa Raitt says she will file notice in the House of Commons tonight that the government is prepared to order an end to the lockout and rotating strikes.

It’s a formal warning that the government isn’t prepared to let the labour impasse drag on.

On Tuesday, the government issued a similar warning in the Air Canada strike.

Postal workers began rotating strikes June 2 and Canada Post shut down urban mail deliveries with a lockout Tuesday night.

The government argues the two strikes threaten the fragile economic recovery.