Regina postal workers are letting the federal government know they’re not fans of the legislation.
A protest was held outside of Ralph Goodale’s office in University Park, with hundreds whistling, shouting and making their displeasure heard.
One of those people present was William Johnson, the President of Canadian Union of Postal Workers Regina Local.
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“We’ve tried to bring Canada Post to the table. We’ve tried to negotiate a fair collective agreement,” he said. “And for one year, our employer has refused.”
The Trudeau government passed the back-to-work legislation on Monday, after five weeks of rotating strikes across Canada.
Johnson said at this stage, postal workers ultimate goal is to just get back to the table and negotiating a fair collective bargaining deal.
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“I think that is actually the best case scenario, that the parties get together and they come out with a collective agreement that both sides can appreciate.”
Johnson further noted they’re likely to challenge this decision in court, much like they did seven years ago. In 2016, a court ruled that by removing postal workers right to strike, the previous Conservative governments’ back to work legislation was in violation of their right to freedom of association and expression.
Among the things union members are asking for is increased and equal pay, better job security and stronger benefits.