Nov 21, 2018
By Jane Brown
North York is among the communities across Canada to be hit by rotating Canada Post strikes on Wednesday as the labour disruptions enter a fifth week. Oshawa, Bowmanville and Port Perry are also in the mix.
Canada’s Labour Minister says the federal Liberals in Ottawa are preparing to order an end to the rotating walkouts if a collective agreement isn’t soon reached.
In a statement, she says “we strongly encourage both sides to reach a deal and are prepared to table legislation if we do not see a resolution over the next few days, a step we do not take lightly,” Patty Hajdu said in a statement.
But the president of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers says the threat of back to work legislation is not going to help settle the strike. Mike Palecek says a negotiated deal is still the best solution. Palecek says the union hopes that the return of the special mediator will help to two sides reach and agreement.
Canada Post is warning Canadians we can expect delays of parcel and mail delivery into the new year as a result of rotating walkouts, with the worst delays in southern and southwestern Ontario because of a backlog of hundreds of transport trailers.