As part of their rotating strike, Canada Post union members walked out on Sunday night and Monday in London, Scarborough, Carbonear, Exploits Valley, Gander-Lewisporte, Deer Lake, St. Anthony, Stephenville, Barrie, Brantford, Fort Erie, Guelph, Simcoe, St. Catharines and Weeland.
Other work stoppages were announced by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) for local chapters in the Bois-Francs region of Quebec, Moncton and Sault Ste. Marie.
No delivery or pick up of parcels and mail will be made in the affected cities.
“We are entering our third week of rotating strikes because management is still refusing to address the serious health and safety issues our members are experiencing. The workplace accident rate is the highest in the entire federal sector, “said Mike Palecek, CUPW National President, in a statement on Sunday.
Since October 22, this rotating strike has shut down Canada Post’s operations in more than 70 communities across Canada.
For its part, Canada Post stated that it “does its utmost to minimize the impact on services” while noting that “the intensification of strikes by the union continues to cause disruptions to the activities of our integrated national network”, said the federal Crown corporation.
“As a result, customers could see delays of several days,” she said in a statement.
Negotiations to renew the collective agreement continue between the parties in the presence of a special mediator appointed by Ottawa on October 24.
Canada Post management says it has found common ground on some issues with the union and says it wants to “collaborate to address the workload issues of increasing parcel volumes, adding financial services and go beyond the pay equity issue for rural and suburban employees by giving them job security and by adopting the same uniform for all delivery employees. “