https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/canada-post-hit-by-rotating-strikes-in-victoria-edmonton-windsor-and-halifax-1.4143314Canada Post hit by rotating strikes in Victoria, Edmonton, Halifax, Windsor, Ont.Union says mail will still be delivered in those cities, but delayed
The Canadian Press · Posted: Oct 22, 2018 1:38 AM ET | Last Updated: 19 minutes ago
Tony Rogers, president of the Nova Local of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, says workers are 'insulted' by the contract offers by Canada Post. (CBC)
The union representing 50,000 Canada Post employees has begun a series of rotating strikes in four cities.
The Canadian Union of Postal Workers says the 24-hour strikes began Monday at 12:01 a.m. ET in Windsor, Ont., and at 1:01 a.m. AT in Halifax. Strikes in Victoria and Edmonton were also set to begin at one minute past midnight local time.
The union says mail will still be delivered in those cities, but will be delayed.Striking Canada Post workers on the picket line in Halifax early Monday morning.
"We've done everything we could to try and reach an agreement and they're not just getting it into their heads that we're serious about the things we've been discussing," said Tony Rogers, president of the Nova Local of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.
Canada Post spokesperson Jon Hamilton said on Sunday that in the event of rotating strikes normal mail delivery would be maintained in all other locations across the country.Job security among points of contention
The job action began after negotiators failed to reach a new contract agreement before the union's Monday strike deadline.
"Workers are genuinely angry with the corporation," said Rogers. "They've been insulted by the offers the corporation has put out and they're insulted by the fact the corporation hasn't been willing to move whatsoever on the key issues that we feel are important."
He said Canada Post has rural and urban units, and the issues for the two differ.
The rotating strike involves Canada Post workers in Windsor, Ont., Victoria, Edmonton and Halifax. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)
For the urban unit, it has been "cash strapped" for 12 years because of "bad deals," wage freezes and wage increases below the rate of inflation, said Rogers.
He said the rural unit won a pay-equity settlement through arbitration, but Canada Post is negotiating as if the settlement never occurred or the corporation had won it.
Hamilton said Canada Post was committed to reaching a deal, and had an offer on the table that included wage hikes, job security, improved benefits and no concessions.