REPORTING · 23rd June 2011
While the debate is going on in Ottawa today, the Canadian Postal workers are still locked out of their post offices. Currently, the debate is about how long the debate will take place but the opposition could filibuster by putting all of its seats to speak.
As of printing time, the vote on this debate, 8:00 pm eastern time, had not taken place. Last week, in Kitimat, we learned the details of the lockout from the picket line.
”A Couple of weeks ago, we started rotating strikes across the country and, because we couldn’t come out on agreement on our collective agreement, the corporation, because they were claiming they were losing 100 million dollars from the date of the rotating strikes decided to lock us out,” said Tim Brousseau on Friday, June 17th.
He explained nothing will be moving mail wise, with one exception, until this is settled or legislation is put in place to send them back to work. Then the union has the options to ignore the legislation and go on strike and face the fines or they could agree, grudgingly, to the legislation.
On Monday, assistance cheques were carried out voluntarily by Mail Carriers to the needy people of Kitimat via an agreement with the corporation.