Feds pass back-to-work legislation for Canada Post employees

by Ben Pena November 26, 2018, 0:17
Feds pass back-to-work legislation for Canada Post employees

Bill C-89 passed third reading by a vote of 166 to 43.

Labour leaders and New Democrat MPs slammed the Trudeau government - accusing it of undermining the collective-bargaining process.

"We also have a responsibility to all Canadians and to the businesses that drive our economy, and when the consequences of a work stoppage become so great that they begin to result in serious or lasting harm, we must act", she said.

The fast-track motion passed 173-13, allowing the House to move through multiple legislative steps in rapid succession by limiting the length of debate and letting Labour Minister Patty Hadju determine when debate would end.

"We have taken every effort over a long period of time to assist these parties to come to a negotiated agreement", she said.

A vote on the motion to speed the legislation through the Commons could come as early as Friday.

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers alerted members of the walkout as of 5 a.m.

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The capital, as well as smaller towns in Ontario and British Columbia, and Sherbrooke, Que., are the latest targets of rotating strikes by Canadian Union of Postal Workers.

The CUPW condemned the Canadian federal government's back-to-work legislation. He said the union's legal team will review the legislation. "Since they are aware of it, you would think that they would want to resolve the issues, but yet we come up with some good solutions, and they have not taken any of them".

Canada Post said the strikes have created massive backlogs of mail and parcels already in its network, "just days before we expect millions more parcels from Black Friday and Cyber Monday online sales".

The former Conservative government used back-to-work legislation for Canada Post workers in 2011.

Hajdu argued that her bill is "dramatically different" from the "heavy-handed" approach taken by the Harper government and takes into account the concerns of both the union and Canada Post.

Palacek accused the government of supporting organized labour only when it's convenient and of doing Canada Post's "dirty work".

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