It is time for Prime Minister Trudeau to get Canada Post to negotiate seriously and the Crown corporation must get onside with the federal government’s objectives to improve pensions, pay equity and the public postal service.
On August 9, Ontario Federation of Labour’s (OFL) Secretary-Treasurer Patty Coates joined the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW), postal workers and allies to rally in front of Liberal MP Bill Morneau’s constituency office in Toronto to deliver a message to the government.
Since the beginning of the year, 18,000 members of the OFL working for Canada Post have unjustifiably been without a contract. They have been stuck in drawn-out negotiations over equal pay for rural postal workers, job security and pension structure.
CUPW has been attempting to negotiate pay equity for its workforce of Rural and Suburban Mail Carriers (RSMCs), a bargaining unit of Canada Post. As highlighted in a recent letter from the OFL to the Prime Minister, members of RSMCs, 70 percent of whom are women, earn 28 percent less in wages and have significantly inferior pensions and benefits than the predominantly male unit of urban Letter Carriers.
“Canada Post is one of the worst perpetrators of gender discrimination in the federal public service and the corporation has refused to take key negotiation issues seriously,” said OFL Secretary-Treasurer Patty Coates. “It is time for Prime Minister Trudeau to be the feminist he says he is and tell Canada Post to stop its sexism, get back to the bargaining table and negotiate a fair contract with postal workers, now.”
The time to take action is now!
Canada Post locked postal workers out in 2011 until the Conservative government forced postal workers back to work with legislation that has since been ruled unconstitutional. The OFL calls on the federal Liberal caucus to take a different path by immediately getting Canada Post back to the bargaining table with CUPW to reach a fair contract.