It’s Time For Secure Regular Jobs Instead Of Precarious Work

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Friday September 28 2018
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The federal government has identified the problems associated with precarious employment but Canada Post, a Crown Corporation, is doing nothing about improving the reality of the thousands of temporary workers.

What makes the work of temporary employees precarious?

  • No guarantee of hours
  • No guarantee of income
  • No job security
  • No timetable for regular employment
  • Lower wages

CUPW Fights for Regular Employment

For decades CUPW has fought to ensure that temporary and part-time employees can have the opportunity for regular full-time employment.  Staffing was one of the major issues in the strike of 1997. In 2000, we negotiated Appendix “P” of the Urban collective agreement which provides for a minimum adjusted ratio of 78% full-time hours in Group 1.

 

CPC Violates the Contract

Initially Appendix P worked and over 1000 full-time jobs were created by converting part-time and temporary hours. But beginning in 2013, after the arrival of Deepak Chopra and the election of the majority Conservative government, Canada Post management just stopped honouring the collective agreement. For the past five years they have been knowingly and deliberately violating Appendix “P”.

 

Appendix “P”: Group 1 Staffing 2012-2017

Year

Full-time adjusted ratio

Violation of Collective Agreement

Actual Full-time Hours Paid

2017

76.02%

VIOLATION

70.03%

2016

74.72%

VIOLATION

68.52%

2015

73.64%

VIOLATION

67.82 %

2014

75.83%

VIOLATION

70.16%

2013

77.97%

VIOLATION

72.50%

2012

78.14%

NO VIOLATION

72.58%

The result of these repeated violations is that very many CUPW members have been denied their right to secure, regular full-time employment.

 

CUPW Has Solutions

In the current negotiations CUPW has made practical and realistic proposals which would provide many more full-time positions while ensuring CPC remains efficient.

Initially we thought we were making progress at the bargaining table. However management’s Global Offer failed to reflect this progress. It appears that the employer prefers to pay temporary workers low wages rather than create secure jobs.

Postal workers cannot and will not tolerate the consistent and deliberate violations of our rights to decent regular full-time jobs.

 

Support your demands.

It’s time for secure regular jobs instead of precarious work.

 

In Solidarity,

Nancy Beauchamp
Chief Negotiator, RSMC bargaining unit
Sylvain Lapointe
Chief Negotiator, Urban Unit