Canada Post to Cut Worker Hours, Reduce Service

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Local 850 Victoria announced that Canada Post plans on cutting mail delivery
by CUPW
The Canadian Union of Postal Workers - Local 850 Victoria announced that Canada Post plans on cutting mail delivery down to three days a week beginning Monday June 13, 2011.
 
Canada Post informed its employees in Greater Victoria today that their hours were cut because the Corporation claims revenues are down since the rotating strikes initiated by CUPW on June 3, 2011.
 
Canada Post has enjoyed significant savings since that date by not paying sick or annual leave, holding on to workers' union dues instead of paying them to the Union, and cancelling the workers' benefit plans. On Friday June 10, 2011 the Corporation also refused the Union's offer to end rotating strikes in return for the reinstatement of the previous Collective Agreement for the duration of the negotiations. Canada Post Corporation also defied labour Minister Lisa Raitt's direction to abstain from implementing its proposed service cuts next week.

While postal workers earn a wage which is slightly less than the Canadian average the CEO of Canada Post, Deepak Chopra, is the highest paid public employee in Canada. He earns twice as much as the Prime Minister.
 
Canada Post claims that it has to cut delivery because mail volumes are down by 50%. Letter carriers in all depots across Greater Victoria today reported higher than normal volumes.
 
Due to the slashes Canada Post has already made to staff this week several areas reported mail that was left behind and letter carrier routes that were not covered. Canada Post is a Crown Corporation and is entirely self-sufficient. No tax dollars have gone towards the operations of Canada Post for over 15 years.

The main issues in the labour dispute are the wages of future employees and the sick leave benefits for all. Postal workers make up 6% of the federal workforce but account for 20% of its injuries. A 2010 ranking at Careercast.com puts mail carrier as one of the 10 worst jobs ranked.

Victoria was the site of one day of job action on Tuesday June 7, 2011. Since then no action by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers has resulted in any disruption to the delivery of mail in the Greater Victoria area.   
 
 
 
June 10, 2011 - For Immediate Release

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