The Canadian Union of Postal Workers says staff walked off the job at midnight, along with workers in a number of other communities across southern Ontario including Stratford, Strathroy, Woodstock, and Canada’s largest processing centre in Toronto.
There’s no word on when the strike will be resolved. Since October 22, CUPW’s rotating strikes have shut down Canada Post’s operations in more than 100 communities across the country.
Canada Post officials say the corporation has made significant offers to CUPW that include increased wages, job security, and improved benefits, and it has not asked for any concessions in return.
For its part, CUPW officials has called for a ban on overtime.
“After more than ten months of negotiations, the intervention of two mediators and two weeks of rotating strikes, Canada Post’s true coulours are emerging,” says Mike Palecek, CUPW National President. “The lofty rhetoric of wanting to work with us to reach fair agreements for our workers is turning out to be nothing more than smoke and mirrors.”