Rotating Canada Post strikes hits Montreal today

Oct 30 2018, 12:15 pm

The rotating Canada Post strike just hit Montreal.

Residents and businesses can expect mail delivery delays this week as the postal worker strike that has affected most of the country was initiated in Quebec’s largest city at 10:30 pm on Monday night.

Members of the Montreal chapter of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) represent more than 6.800 employees.

According to Canada Post, the rotating strikes continued in BC (Maple Ridge, Surrey, Chilliwack, Squamish, Langley, Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam, Abbotsford, New Westminster, Mission and Hope and Aldergrove), as well as in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan and Peterborough, Ontario.

Union members are unable to predict exactly how long the Montreal strike will last.

“Montreal is an important processing hub, so the union’s rotating strike there will have a significant impact on our operations,” says the website’s statement. “Canada Post will make every effort to minimize the impact, but customers well beyond Montreal may see delays for parcel and mail delivery. As employees return to work in areas impacted by strikes, it will continue to work to restore service and address any mail and parcel backlogs.”

The CUPW’s key demands are job security, an end to forced overtime, improved health and safety measures and equality for rural and suburban mail carriers.

Negotiations are ongoing, federally.

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