Canadian Parliament to Intervene in Postal Worker Strike
Canadian lawmakers are poised to pass legislation which would end the dispute between Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers. The legislation is in response to a weeks-long postal worker strike which legislators say has begun negatively affecting the economy. The proposed a measure would impose a settlement on the two parties and force service to resume.
The CUPW began rotating strikes on June 2. Volume passing through Canada Post accordingly dropped, prompting the government-owned corporation to lock out striking workers on June 14 in an attempt to temper the cost of the strike.
The Conservative government has the votes to push through the back-to-work law, but the opposition in the New Democratic Party plans to delay a final vote with further debate. The NDP hoped the extra time would allow an agreement to be reached without government intervention; however, negotiations stalled late Wednesday night, with both parties saying talks were unlikely to resume.
In the meantime, Canadians are left without postal service. Small businesses have been especially harmed, which prompted lawmakers to act. A recent poll found that a majority of Canadians supported the back-to-work measure.
Although the legislation is expected to pass, mail service likely won’t resume until next week at the earliest.