The Canadian government has introduced legislation that would end Canada Post’s ongoing labour dispute and rotating strikes across the country.
On Thursday, November 22 Labour Minister Patty Hajdu tabled the bill in the House of Commons, a move that could potentially force employees back to work.
The federal government also put forward a motion that would speed up the passage of the bill.
Since October, CUPW members have been holding rotating walkouts in an effort to force Canada Post to agree to their contract demands, causing massive backlogs at postal depots across the county.
On Wednesday, the union representing Canadian postal workers said, “Canada Post has not moved on any of our key issues,” and that it’s “ready to negotiate.”
“We do not know what will be in the back-to-work legislation. No matter what, you have to be prepared to fight for your constitutional right for free collective bargaining,” reads a statement from CUPW.
“We went to court and won this fight after the 2011 legislation. We will fight once again, should that right be taken away.”