More Salvos Fired in Postal Talks
Prince George, B.C. – Canada Post says it is extremely disappointed with the counter offer issued Friday by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers at the bargaining table.
The postal corporation claims that “the CUPW terms would add at least $1 Billion in new costs over the term of a new collective agreement while rejecting the Corporation’s approach to address the long-term issues with the employee pension plan.” CUPW responds that the $1 Billion claim is “bogus” and a tactic meant to get headlines rather than deal realistically with the issues.
Canada Post says the union last Friday presented counter offers which completely ignore the pension issue, as well as other significant challenges faced by the postal service. The corporation says while the parcel business has been improving in the last few years, the corporation continues to face the impact of a decade of decline in Lettermail which continues today. It adds “we need to work together to address these challenges and grow the parcel business, not saddle our customers with more than a $1 Billion in new costs. Canada Post continues to remain at the table to negotiate an agreement that is reasonable and affordable.”
The Canadian Union of Postal Workers says it has requested Canada Post explain its numbers but says the request has gone unanswered.
The bottom line for Canadians as of right now is that neither side has issued 72-hour notice of job action, be it strike or lockout notice. As such, no job action can occur before Wednesday, July 6th at the earliest.