“We need to stop the cuts before more jobs are lost, before more damage is done to property and before more people lose this service." — Mike Palecek, CUPW National President
Ottawa ( 22 Oct. 2015) — The Canadian Union of Postal Workers is calling for an immediate halt to the door-to-door delivery cuts that were scheduled for the coming weeks prior to the Liberals forming the new government.
Cut to mail delivery service pushed by Conservatives
“The postal cuts were driven by the Conservatives. Now they are no longer in power, it’s time to hit the brakes,” said Mike Palecek, National President of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.
Several neighbourhood conversions to the controversial group mailboxes were scheduled for October 19, Election Day and still more are slated for November.
The union fears that Canada Post will forge ahead with its plan prior to the Liberal majority government taking the reins.
Liberals campaigned on platform to stop cuts to postal service
“We need to stop the cuts before more jobs are lost, before more damage is done to property and before more people lose this service,” said Palecek.
The Liberals campaigned on an election promise to stop the cuts to home mail delivery and hold a review of Canada Post. These commitments have been welcomed by the union, but representatives say the Liberals need to move quickly and instruct Canada Post to call a halt.
“Many seniors, people with disabilities and others voted for the Liberals because they promised to stop the cuts to door-to-door delivery," said Palecek.
"It would be wrong for Canada Post to continue down this road now that the Liberals have been elected and the people have clearly spoken on this issue.”
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 360,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. NUPGE