The Canada Post strike has come to Hay River, as the union locked out employees in urban centres, late last Tuesday night.
Following 12 days of rotating strikes in various major city centres, 48,000 employees have been locked out of work until Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers come to an agreement.
There are a variety of issues that the two parties remain dividing on, including wages, pension and sick leave and several meetings between the groups have failed to bring closure.
“The union continues to have too many demands that would drive up costs, limit operation flexibility and restrict Canada Post’s ability to address fundamental problems such as declining mail volumes, competitiveness and a $3.2-billion deficit in the pension plan,” said a statement on Canada Post’s website.
“The company’s financial position has been further weakened by uncertainty and rotating strikes that began on June 3 and cost close to $100 million in lost revenues.”
With a back-to-work bill tabled in the House of Commons Monday afternoon by federal Labour Minister Lisa Raitt, talks were scheduled to resume.
As of Monday night, reports said it was unlikely a vote would be held on the bill before Thursday.