After more than a month of rotating strikes by Canada Post employees, Canada’s Labour Minister Patty Hajdu has introduced back to work legislation to force CUPW members to go back to work.
The bill was tabled in the House of Commons Thursday, just a day after a special mediator was re-appointed in an effort to reach contract agreements between Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.
However, the bill won’t be debated while a special mediator is still working to try to resolve the dispute.
Massive backlogs of mail heading into the holiday shopping season is believed to have been the biggest concern of the government’s, especially after pressure from businesses like eBay who were calling for back to work legislation for most of this week.
The CUPW says mail back logs were not nearly as severe as the government had indicated they were, adding they could have been reversed in a matter of days.
Union members had indicated that if back to work legislation was introduced legal action could be taken. The union called the move unconstitutional.
More to come.