Representatives of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers attended Canada Post’s annual public meeting on August 19, 2016.
It is evident that the management of Canada Post has forgotten that Canada Post is not a commercial enterprise but a public service for all Canadians. Mr. Chopra spoke of the 400,000 businesses that were his “customers." He did not mention the 35 million Canadians who have a right to decent postal service.
Canada Post managers declared that negotiations discussions were off-limits but then proceeded to use this platform to try to justify cutting pensions for the next generation of postal workers.
Mr. Chopra praised the work of Canada Post’s employees whose hard work generates the money. Cutting future employees’ pension, trying to lock us out and stalling at the negotiating table is no way to thank us, Mr. Chopra.
The Canadian Union of Postal Workers is disappointed in the recent arbitrator’s decision that allows Canada Post to steal the pensions of the next generation of postmasters and assistants.
Why does the government promise to improve pensions while allowing Crown corporations to do the opposite by degrading the pensions of their employees? We will not allow Canada Post to steal secure pensions from future generations.
The retirement security of thousands of workers and their families should not rest upon the winner-take-all decision of an arbitrator. We uphold free collective bargaining and believe that only a negotiated settlement will result in a deal that everybody can live with.
Canada Post is celebrating almost two decades of profits by trying to extract more concessions from the workers who have made it profitable. What they have handed us simply emphasizes their demands for cutting costs on our backs.
A profitable public service should not be attacking our working standards. They refuse to address the glaring discrepancy between rural and urban mail carriers, and instead seek to divide and conquer us by asking the current generation of postal workers to accept rollbacks for future generations and reduce the quality of life for our children.
We are more than prepared to be flexible and have been actively proposing ways for Canada Post to adapt to changing times and changing needs. But it looks like Canada Post managers are not interested in allowing the government’s postal review to proceed without interference, and are instead resorting to heavy-handed demands designed to force a labour conflict.