Postal workers in Moncton as well as Victoria, B.C. are striking today, June 7. The strike in these cities will last for 24 hours then it will move to other locations as part of a rotating strike.
“In Moncton and Victoria, the public has suffered deterioration in postal service due to Canada Post’s changes to the way mail gets processed and delivered. We have been saying all along that these changes don’t make sense,” said John Bail, National Director of the Pacific region for the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW), referring to the consolidation of postal plants and the convoluted processes that have been created for the shipment and sortation of the mail.
“In Moncton, we have not only seen the restructuring of postal plants, but also job cuts that hurt our local communities,” added Jeff Callaghan, CUPW National Director of the Atlantic region.
Canada Post continues to refuse to address the union’s outstanding issues, including health and safety as well as demands for innovation and service expansion to keep the Crown corporation profitable.
“On the Moncton picket line, spirits are high and there is tons of energy!” said Craig Mazerolle, a student activist who travelled from Sackville to stand in solidarity with the striking postal workers.