The protected rights of all unionized workers in Canada are being challenged right now in the Canadian Union of Postal Workers' (CUPW) current struggle to achieve a collective agreement. Canada Post workers have taken action over health and safety issues, exhaustive and unsustainable workload issues, and inequities between urban and rural mail carriers.
Entering their second month of rotating strikes, the federal government ignored postal workers' fundamental right to free collective bargaining and the right to strike, and legislated these workers back to work late Monday night. This is unacceptable and we condemn the unconstitutionality of the federal government's back to work legislation. It's an attack on the protected rights of all unionized workers in Canada to withdraw their labour in support of achieving a collective agreement.
In solidarity, the BCGEU has offered a $3 million interest-free loan to support the CUPW's struggle to achieve a collective agreement. A national day of action is also being held this Saturday December 1st to stand with postal workers across Canada, and to call on the federal government to overturn this unconstitutional law.
This legislation hurts all of us and we must stand collectively against it. If you are in Vancouver, Victoria or Prince George, we hope you can join us. Find more details here on an event in your area.
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