The parliamentary committee looking at the future of Canada Post has given its recommendations to the government in a report made public on December 13, 2016.
There are 45 proposals in total, but not one that recommends postal banking.
The recommendations include:
CUPW is pleased that the Committee did not recommend:
However, these cuts could be considered during a review of the Charter.
The union is extremely disappointed that the Committee did not make any recommendations in favour of postal banking, but we are not giving up.
You can see the Committee’s full report entitled The Way Forward for Canada Post, as well as the Conservative Party's and New Democratic Party’s dissenting reports at http://www.parl.gc.ca/Committees/en/OGGO.
Judy Foote, Minister Responsible for Canada Post, has indicated that the government hopes to respond to the committee’s recommendations sometime in April.
The union has been through many reviews over the years. Most have been difficult and some have resulted in some pretty bad recommendations. For example, the report of 1996 Canada Post Mandate Review included a proposal that Canada Post exit all competitive services, but we beat it back!
We also know from experience that some review recommendations are not fully considered. The Conservative government chose to ignore most of the proposals in the 2008 Canada Post Corporation Strategic Review. We do not yet know what the government will do. But we do know what we will do. We will fight for a better, greener, public postal system for everyone.
Pledge to sign a petition on postal banking.
Better still, get family and friends to sign the petition.
CUPW will be meeting with Liberal MPs to discuss the Committee’s report and raise concerns, especially about the Committee’s failure to propose postal banking.
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