FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Despite concerns to the contrary, prior to the holiday weekend, Canada celebrated its 149th birthday without any notice of another postal service work stoppage.
However, despite latest reports indicating efforts to reach a negotiated settlement are continuing there’s no indication an agreement is near at hand between Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.
Spokesperson Jon Hamilton, has confirmed the Crown Corporation has rejected the latest settlement proposal from the union, which he argues would add up to more than one billion dollars in costs, which would go towards the customer.
That was a reference to the last contract settlement which followed a 2011 work stoppage when the post office locked out its employees after the union staged ten days of rotating strikes.
It ended when the Conservative government intervened with back to work legislation but the collective agreement which followed expired on January 31st of this year.
The two sides say currently the main unresolved issue, in talks which began last year, involves proposed changes to employee pension plans, and Mr. Hamilton says Canada Post must address its customer responsibility to remain competitive.
As of story publication time, there had been no comment from CUP-W, but each side in the dispute has a legal obligation, to give the other one 72 hour notice, before initiating any job action.