For Immediate Release
OTTAWA – The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) is exploring all options to fight the back-to-work legislation fast-tracked through the House of Commons early this morning which will send our members back to the same old unresolved problems in the workplace at the busiest time of the year.
“Postal workers will not accept another violation of our right to free collective bargaining,” says Mike Palecek, CUPW National President. “It’s not just a matter of our Charter rights. This bill legislates continued injuries, unpaid work, gender inequality, and general dishonesty and disrespect.”
Going back to work under the old collective agreements means that between now and the holidays:
Prior to this round of collective bargaining, the Trudeau Liberal government had claimed to be a champion for the labour movement, but through this fast-tracked legislation, it is clear that it has turned its back on postal workers.
“We condemn this hypocritical act by a government that promised to defend workers’ rights, claimed to stand for equality for women, and claimed to stand for expanding and defending the middle class,” says Palecek. “It’s unacceptable for any government to violate workers’ Charter rights. Shame on the government, who promised us better.”
The Bill was debated in the Senate today. The third reading will resume on Monday, November 25 at 2 pm ET. It has not yet been signed in to law. Meanwhile, rotating strikes and the overtime ban continue, as do negotiations.
For more information, please contact:
EN – Emilie Tobin, 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