Canada Post strikes continue in five southern Ontario communities

Canada Post workers in Scarborough are going on strike affecting mail delivery in eastern parts of the GTA

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) began strike action in St. Catharines, Welland, and Fort Erie this week.

In a statement, Canada Post said strike action was impacting service in Edmonton, Calgary, Medicine Hat and Lethbridge, as well as 10 locations in Ontario and nine locations in Newfoundland.

Monday's strike means there will be no mail delivery in Rockwood, Elora, Fergus, Arthur, Belwood or Guelph.

He said there was limited service at smaller local offices, including those in Burford, St. George, Princeton and Ohsweken. "Until Canada Post negotiators address it, we can solve it for ourselves in the meantime", said Palecek.

The series of rotating strikes began on October 22, and the union representing the workers say it will continue until a deal is reached. Last month, Labour Minister Patty Hajdu appointed Morton Mitchnick, a former chairman of the Ontario Labour Relations Board, to help the two parties resolve their differences.

CUPW is negotiating, on behalf of about 50,000 Canada Post employees, for better wages, job security, overtime and improved health and safety measures.

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"Some letter carriers are working more than 10 hours a day depending on the route and mail volume", he said. "Combined, those three plants can process a million parcels and packets a day for communities across the country". "We need safe work".

There are also concerns, said Cuda, about workers on rural routes whose pay can be "drastically different" than those working in urban areas.

With longer hours and an increase in parcels, the health and safety of employees is at risk, Cheeke said.

The crown corporation said its operations have been shut down in more than 90 communities across Canada since the strike was started, causing backlogs and delays in the system.

Correction: An earlier version of this story included Napanee Ont.in the list of eastern Ontario municipalities with postal workers on strike on November 7.

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