Canada Post Strike on Hold as Negotiations Continue
"Canada Post made an offer yesterday," said Deborah Bourque, president of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, in a statement issued early today. "It's not the basis for a tentative agreement but it is a sign that Canada Post may be taking negotiations seriously. We certainly hope so.
"We're going to give this one last shot."
Issues such as salary and cost-of-living allowance, workload and injury rates, benefits and severance pay reportedly are among the most contentious points remaining.
The CUPW represents 48,000 postal workers.
The Ottawa-based Canadian Federation of Independent Business released a survey yesterday stating that a postal strike would cause 73 percent of small and medium-sized businesses to lose revenue. In addition, 50 percent of businesses surveyed said a strike would cause them to permanently reduce their businesses' reliance on postal services in the future.