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Will the Canada Post Strike?

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While many U.S. citizens many not know much about the Canadian Postal Service, you can be sure both countries rely heavily on this 150-year-old institution to deliver mail and parcels to and from the U.S./Canadian border. Canada Post (Canada Post Corporation,) is the crown corporation which functions as the country’s primary postal service. It was originally known as Royal Mail Canada.

While still under government control, the organization was  rebranded in the 1960’s as the “Canada Post.” Twenty years later, the Canada Post Corporation Act abolished the Post Office Department and created the present day Crown corporation operates as a group of companies called The Canada Post Group. It employs 65,000 full and part-time employees to deliver a full range of delivery, logistics and fulfillment services to their customers.

Crown Corporation‘ Any corporation that is established and regulated by a country’s state or government. This is the opposite of private companies, which are privately owned, structured and operated to serve the owners of the company. A crown company is commercially owned by the government.

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The privatised Postal Service has been negotiating a new contract with the Postal Union with both sides still working on equitable solution. As of July 5, 2016, both sides seem to be at an impasse.

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The union says it wants to close the gap between what its urban carriers are paid and its rural ones. Mail carriers in rural and suburban regions are mostly female, and make 28 percent less for doing the same job, says the union.

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Canada Post says that in the event of a full work disruption, it will not operate. Mail and parcels will not be delivered, and no new items will be accepted.

Canada Post said it intends to lock out its workers starting on Friday after months of negotiations have failed to make a labour deal between the postal carrier and its largest union.

The move comes hours after Canada Post said its latest offer presented on June 25 was fair and reasonable, and that it still hoped to negotiate a deal with the union.

The Crown corporation blamed prolonged negotiations, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers’ strike mandate and the financial cost of a rapid decline in mail volume.

But the 72-hour notice does not necessarily mean the mail will stop being delivered as of Friday.

Rather, Canada Post says, the lockout notice allows the carrier to “take measures that are necessary to respond to the changing business reality.”

Still, both sides say they are hopeful a deal can be reached before Friday.

Full article on CBC News – Business – Canada

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