For years Canada Post management submitted false injury reports to Labour Canada and claimed that injuries were being dramatically reduced. Eventually management was caught and the truth about injuries at Canada Post was revealed.
All Federal Excl. Postal
CPC Compared to the rest of the Federal Sector
Source Labour Canada
As seen in the above table, taken from Labour Canada reports, the rate of workplace injuries at Canada Post is 5.4 times that of the rest of the federal sector that includes longshoring, transportation, mining and other hazardous industries. The next highest industry sector (longshoring) has a rate of injuries that is less than half of Canada Post.
In 2016 a study examined the relationship between the introduction of postal transformation and the increase in injuries and stress being experienced by postal workers. The report found:
The report also noted the negative impact of increased compulsory overtime. It concluded: “…the more frequently that overtime was forced, the greater the increase in reported negative impacts related to physical and mental health and increases in anger and fear of physical violence at work as well as perceptions of reduced safety at work.”
The 2016 study asked postal workers what should be done to make work life better.
Group 1: Most Frequent Comments of Employees
In many locals, Canada Post has created a staffing system that relies on forced overtime instead of creating permanent full and part time jobs. This is a major problem in the processing plants and delivery because it creates many health and safety concerns related to fatigue, over-burdening and stress. On October 31, 2018, as part of our strike actions, the Union imposed an overtime ban. We all deserve the right to go home at the end of our shifts without being forced to work longer. It is time for Canada Post to stop using forced overtime as a staffing tool.
We hear lots of talk from management about the need to reduce injuries. It is time for action at the bargaining table.
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