For Immediate Release
Ottawa – Members of Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) from the Hamilton local in Ontario walked off the job at 12.01am early this morning as part of CUPWs second week of rotating strikes. The Hamilton local joined their 350 fellow workers from La Mauricie (QC) local who walked off the job at 11.30pm.
“We have a health and safety crisis at Canada Post. We've seen injury rates skyrocket. This has got to be fixed,” says Mike Palecek, CUPW National President. “Management refuses to address the urgent health and safety issues that have left postal workers the most injured group of workers in the federal sector. And the wage increases Canada Post so proudly talks about are well-below the expected inflation rate. These offers are far from significant to us. We will stay on the picket line as well as the bargaining table until we reach fair agreements for all our workers.”
CUPW members are still without agreements for the Urban Postal Operations and Rural and Suburban Mail Carriers (RSMC) bargaining unit after almost a year of negotiations.
For more information, please contact:
EN – Farouk Karim or Kevin Matthews, CUPW Communications, at 613-882-2742 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
FR – Lise-Lyne Gélineau, President, CUPW Montreal local, at 514-914-0350 or at email@example.com