Canada Post has warned customers that mail and parcels sent through the postal system this week may not get delivered if the service is shut down this weekend.
Postal service workers have been without a contract since 2015, and the current contract will expire Saturday. Management or labour must give 72 hours notice ahead of a strike or lockout.
Already alternative delivery companies are reporting a boost in demand as customers (especially businesses) prepare for the worst. “We’re already seeing a slowdown in our depots,” said Canada Post spokesman Jon Hamilton. “Companies are making decisions to go around Canada Post. We hope many of them come back, but that’s no guarantee.”
Even though the union has been in contract negotiations with Canada Post since late last year there has been little progress at the negotiating table.
The key issues? Disputes on wage parity between city and rural postal workers and the restoration of door-to-door mail delivery.
For more information about the Region’s postal strike contingency plans visit www.niagararegion.ca/news/postal-strike.aspx?
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