Editorial Cartoon by Graeme MacKay, The Hamilton Spectator – Wednesday November 21, 2018
With no labour deal in sight, Canada Post warns of delivery delays into January
Canada Post says Canadians can expect delays of parcel and mail delivery into 2019 as a result of rotating strikes by its employees.
And it says the worst delays will likely be in southern and southwestern Ontario because of a backlog of hundreds of transport trailers sitting idle at its main Toronto sorting facility.
The Crown corporation has told its commercial customers that it cannot honour its delivery standards for any product because of the prolonged strikes.
The walkouts have created massive backlogs of mail and parcels just days before an expected rush of millions more parcels from Black Friday and Cyber Monday online sales.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today repeated his call for both sides in the dispute to resolve their differences soon.
But he gave no indications that his government is prepared to force postal workers back to their jobs yet, saying only that he wants a deal, and that the government is considering what it can do to put an end to the labour dispute.
“We are, of course, very preoccupied with the fact that Christmas is coming, important shopping days are coming and we need to see a resolution to that,” Trudeau said as he arrived in Ottawa for a meeting with his cabinet.
“As I’ve said many times, all options are on the table,” he added when asked whether he was prepared to table back-to-work legislation.
Canada Post is dealing with a fifth week of rotating strikes by its unionized workers as both sides remain apart on contract negotiations. (Source: CTV News)