Mark Armitage the secretary treasurer of CUP-W local 838 The Pas spoke to Arctic Radio News and made a statement about Canadian Postal workers being forced back to work through federal legislation. Armitage says the law clearly violates our right to free and collective bargaining under the charter and rights and freedoms.
Going back to work under the old collective agreement means that between now and the holidays at least 315 disabling injuries will happen to postal workers, rural and suburban mail carriers will work roughly 250,000 hours without pay, urban postal workers will work thousands of hours of forced overtime, and the rural suburban mail carriers will be treated unequally.
Tomorrow postal workers and supporters will be having a rally here in The Pas to protest their right to strike. The rally will begin at 161 Fischer Avenue at 11AM and they will march to the provincial building on Third Street.