The Canadian Press
OTTAWA–The union representing 50,000 Canada Post employees has begun rotating strikes in four cities across the country.
The Canadian Union of Postal Workers said the 24-hour strikes began today at 12:01 a.m. (local time) in Victoria, Edmonton, and Windsor, Ont., and at 1:01 a.m. in Halifax.
The union said mail still will be delivered in those cities, but will be delayed.
Canada Post spokesman Jon Hamilton said yesteray that in the event of rotating strikes, normal mail delivery would be maintained in all other locations across the country.
The job action began after negotiators failed to reach a new contract agreement before the union’s strike deadline today.
Hamilton said Canada Post was committed to reaching a deal, and had an offer on the table that included wage hikes, job security, improved benefits, and no concessions.
But CUPW president Mike Palecek said the key issues of job security, an end to forced overtime, better health and safety measures, and gender equality remained unresolved.