Canada post workers are heading back to work today.
The federal government passed back to work legislation with a 53-25 vote saying the bill is urgent, due to the economic impact of continued mail disruptions during the busy holiday season. Regina’s CUPW Local 820 President William Johnson says this legislation is very disappointing for the workers. “For us as postal workers, we believe that this passing of the back to work legislation is clear violation of our rights to free bargaining under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. As postal workers we are really disappointed that these are the steps the government took.”
Johnson says this bill is also something the union is looking at fighting in court. “Back in 2011 when the Harper government legislated us back we did go to court and fight that back to work legislation and for the most part we did win in the Ontario Supreme Court.
He says workers are back on the job, dealing with the mail load and adds that this is a fairly normal load. Johnson says there is a misconception about there being a massive backlog and “here in Regina we have not seen any of that backlog. Mail volumes have been steady, parcels have been steady and mail has been flowing pretty freely over the past 37 days.” He adds that, “this idea of hundreds and hundreds of trucks just sitting around backlogged just hasn’t been [proven] by the corporation”