Canadian Federal Government will introduce the Postal Services Continuation Act

OTTAWA, ONTARIO, (MMD Newswire) June 16, 2011 – – The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Canada’s Labour Minister, will introduce a Bill entitled “Restoring Mail Delivery for Canadians Act” to end the current work stoppage involving the Canada Post Corporation and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) – Urban Operations Unit.

“Our Government is concerned about the effect this strike is having on Canada’s economic recovery and on Canadians,” said Minister Raitt. “Canadians gave us a strong mandate to complete our economic recovery, and this is why we will put legislation on notice to ensure resumption and continuation of postal services.”

The back-to-work legislation, when passed by both the House and Senate, will bring an end to the work stoppage, which started on June 3 as rotating strikes by CUPW escalated to a lockout by Canada Post yesterday. CUPW’s collective agreement, covering approximately 50 000 postal workers, expired on January 31, 2011. Negotiations began in October 2010, and parties are still in a stalemate on key issues.

“My preference is always for the parties to resolve their own labour dispute and reach an agreement through negotiations,” said Minister Raitt. “I am concerned that the ongoing talks between the parties have not produced an agreement despite assistance from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. Our Government must act to protect the public interest and the country’s economy as a whole.”

This legislation is necessary as the Government of Canada simply cannot wait for the parties to reach a settlement when there is no reasonable prospect for an agreement in the near future.


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