Postal service is expected to continue without interruption as Canada Post has withdrawn its 72-hour lockout notice, which was to take effect Monday, July 11. As a result, there will be no lockout.
“Our decision to withdraw our 72-hour notice followed a statement issued by the minister of employment, workforce development and labour, MaryAnn Mihychuk, for both Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) to continue their discussions beyond the notice period,” says Canada Post. “The parties now have the opportunity to focus on serious negotiations.”
Canada Post says they expect CUPW to honour what it has said publicly on many occasions – that they wish to negotiate and have no plans to issue a strike notice.
“We therefore expect mail service to continue without interruption, and we feel you can ship with us with confidence,” says Canada Post. “In the event of a strike or lockout, either party has to issue a 72-hour notice and should this occur we would advise you immediately; at that time, we would work with customers to keep them informed and to prevent product from being trapped in the postal system.”
Canada Post and the union have been in discussions since late 2015, with 60 days of conciliation and almost 30 more days with federal mediators, yet the parties remain far apart on key issues.