OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is giving indications that his persistence is operating out for Canada Put up to achieve a contract settlement with its unionized staff as rotating strikes proceed.
Trudeau says his authorities would possibly quickly act to finish the dispute if the Crown company and the Canadian Union of Postal Employees cannot bridge their variations.
Trudeau commented on the dispute right now as CUPW members expanded their rotating walkouts to dozens of places throughout the nation, together with in Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia and Nova Scotia.
The job actions have briefly shut down Canada Put up’s operations in additional than 150 communities since being launched final month.
The Liberals have till now mentioned they most well-liked to see contracts reached via collective bargaining.
To assist in that course of, Labour Minister Patty Hajdu appointed a particular mediator within the Canada Put up dispute slightly over two weeks in the past.
Morton Mitchnick’s mandate has been prolonged till Sunday however Trudeau mentioned he needs to see progress within the talks, hinting at legislative motion if there’s none.
“Christmas season is approaching and we all know that is when Canadians use Canada Put up greater than at every other time,” the prime minister mentioned Thursday as he entered the Home of Commons for query interval.
“In fact, administration and the union each know this.”
“But when we do not see vital decision shortly, all choices will likely be on the desk for resolving this.”
The 2 sides have been attempting to hammer out agreements for almost a 12 months with no success.
Canada Put up mentioned earlier Thursday it was coping with a big backlog of undelivered packages on account of the rotating strikes, which it mentioned had grown after its largest processing centre in Toronto was shut down Wednesday for a second time in three weeks.
The company’s Toronto sorting amenities are hubs for mail and parcel deliveries throughout the nation and have been shut by the union for 2 consecutive days in October.
CUPW has mentioned its key calls for embrace job safety, an finish to compelled extra time and overburdening, higher well being and security measures, service growth and equality for rural and suburban mail carriers with their city counterparts.
Together with the rotating strikes, the union has referred to as on its members to refuse extra time, together with working throughout the upcoming Remembrance Day lengthy weekend.
Canada Put up has maintained it made “vital presents” to its staff that embrace elevated wages, job safety, and improved advantages, with no concession calls for.
However CUPW nationwide president Mike Palecek has referred to as the corporate’s presents “smoke and mirrors.”
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