Saskatchewan businesses are getting frustrated with the Canada Post labour dispute, so much so that most of them are in favour of the federal government introducing back to work legislation for postal employees.
The Canadian Federation of Independent Business released a report saying two-thirds of businesses are being negatively impacted by the rotating strikes; so much so that businesses are losing an average of $3,000.
CFIB Vice-President Marilyn Braun-Pollon said most small businesses in Saskatchewan are seeing their bottom line impacted by the rotating strikes.
“That’s why we are calling on the federal government to quickly pass back to work legislation to get mail and parcel delivery really back on track at this very critical holiday period that we are going in to. ”
Braun-Pollon said there’s a reason for Canada Post and the postal workers union should be concerned.
“65% of small firms intend to use Canada Post less in the future. As a result of these ongoing work disruptions. Instead, what we are seeing is the strike action is creating a lot of uncertainty. It’s driving loyal small business customers away.”
Braun-Pollon said mail delivery is not an easy thing for small businesses to replace.
Half of the small firms pay each other by cheque and nearly two thirds send more than about twenty pieces of mail per month, so mail is still an important part and an important service.”
According to the report, 88 percent of businesses in Saskatchewan believe Canada post is an important service, with 57 percent directly losing money due to delays in payments and invoices.