Canada Post’s letter-writing program to Santa Claus has been around since 1981 and has been really popular. Last year alone more than 1.6 million children wrote to Santa, but what will happen this year with the ongoing labour dispute still on the go?!
Well, a Canada Post spokesperson says that despite how things may look, parents should continue sending Santa letters from their children. A spokesperson for the Canadian Union of Postal Workers says that “if the strike action continues as it is, Canada Post workers would be able to volunteer with the program, but with delays in some cases.”
But is this just some hopeful holiday cheer? It is reported, the continuing rotating strikes have caused a historic backlog of undelivered mail since they started on Oct. 22 and letters to Santa for the popular holiday program have to be delivered by Dec. 10.
Below, a picture from the Canada Post website:
The CUPW wants better job security, an end to forced overtime and better health and safety measures, but Canada Post has said it has made a number of offers that include better pay and job security, so what happens next ?
The Heat is On
This has prompted some businesses and the Trudeau government to issue pleas for a resolution ahead of the busy Christmas season.
The prime minister is giving indications that his patience is running out. Last week, he said his government might soon act to end the dispute if Canada Post and CUPW cannot settle the dispute.
However, as of yesterday, Canada Post workers are continuing their rotating strikes after rejecting the Crown agency’s latest offer and requesting the government appoint a mediator to help end the ongoing dispute.
For more information on the Santa letter program visit the website HERE.
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