Monday, April 18, 2011
Sky-high strike vote puts the pressure on postal negotiations
The results of the strike vote show that postal workers will not accept these rollbacks.
According to Lemelin, the post office is about to announce its 16th consecutive year of profits. The corporation also plans to make huge productivity gains through modernization. Postal workers are saying they deserve a share of the benefits.
“A 94.5 % strike vote sends a clear message to Canada Post’’said Lemelin."CUPW members want a collective agreement that recognizes our work is behind the increases in profits and productivity. They want management to share, instead of attacking our wages, rights and working conditions.”
Meanwhile negotiations continue, with the aid of a government-appointed conciliator. If an agreement is not reached, CUPW gains the right to strike on May 24 at midnight.