From left, Elsa Burt, Jessie Thomas, both inside clerks, and Darlene stafford, also an inside clerk, chant, "so so so, solidarity" at the picket line at the entrance to the Canada Post Kenmount Road sorting plant this morning after being locked out Tuesday night. — Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram
Canada Post’s union says the Crown corporation was irresponsible when it suspended urban mail operations across the country starting today.
The union says the decision by Canada Post’s management means a large amount of mail already in the system will sit undelivered.
The Canadian Union of Postal Workers began one- and two-day rotating strikes in various communities on June 3.
Canada Post said late Tuesday that it would suspend all operations in urban centres across the country, saying the strikes have cost it about $100 million.
The union has accused Canada Post of seeking to cause major disruptions in order to pressure the government into ordering workers back to work.
Labour Minister Lisa Raitt has tabled her intent to order striking workers at Air Canada back on the job, but hasn’t done so with the postal workers.