Canada Post Begins Rotating Strikes

Beverly Vaz - 2T Software Engineering
Posted on: November 14, 2018

For those of you expecting a package from Canada Post, there’s some bad news – they’re on a rotating strike, so expect a delay.

The strike by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) began on October 22 nd and is yet to halt. The strike started after negotiators failed to reach a deal the previous night. The issues on the table that are up for discussion include wage hikes, job security, health and safety, overtime and discrepancies in payment.

The first four cities to begin the strike were Victoria, Edmonton, Windsor and Halifax, but the strike has spread to most parts of Ontario – including Kitchener and Waterloo.

A rotating strike means that different Canada Post locations walk out at different periods. This was done to ensure minimum impact on the delivery of packages. The locations for the strike are chosen by senior leadership and the strikes last for 24 hours.

The strike does impact cannabis deliveries, delaying it by a week. This has caused some companies to switch to other delivery services like Purolator.

According to a spokesperson for CUPW, the strikes will go on until they are “taken seriously by Canada Post”. The strikes have grown and spread to cover many regions of Ontario, British Columbia and other provinces. On the basis of a statement made by an official at CUPW, there has been minimal bargaining made in the past couple of days and this strike could end up being a long one.

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