N.L. labour federation urges Ottawa to maintain postal service

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The Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour (NLFL) says recent service cuts and rate hikes announced by Canada Post will have a negative impact on average Canadians.

The federation is asking the federal government to consider options to maintain the public service.

In a letter to Lisa Raitt, the federal minister responsible for Canada Post, NLFL president Mary Shortall said seniors and people with disabilities will be among those most affected by the loss of door‐to‐door mail delivery.

Shortall said people with lower incomes will bear the brunt of rising costs.

“I understand that Canada Post, like other public services, needs to adapt to a changing world,” Shortall wrote, “but drastic cuts to postal services do not serve anyone.”

The NLFL says recent research from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) shows there are alternatives to drastic employee and service cuts and rate hikes.

In a study, titled “Why Canada Needs Postal Banking,” CCPA makes a case for preserving postal services and improving Canada Post’s financial picture by adding financial and banking services. It points out that postal administrations in many other countries are generating significant profits from postal banking.

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Organizations: Canada Post, Canadian Centre, Canada Needs Postal Banking

Geographic location: Ottawa

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