Canada Post demo set for Sunday in Ottawa

As MPs get ready to go back to work next week, Canada Post workers are also getting ready - to fight plans to halt home delivery.

A demonstration is planned for this Sunday in Ottawa. Union spokesman for Montreal Alain Duguay said they've got 20 buses reserved so far to transport their members, with about a thousand people expected to march on Parliament Hill, including workers from Ontario and Atlantic Canada. Duguay said other labour unions will be involved as well as members of the public.

Duguay said ever since the announcement by Canada Post, morale among members has been sinking.

"It's very hard to work for Canada Post right now. If you add this announcement too, the people don't see any light at the end of the tunnel," Duguay told CJAD 800 News.

But he added the plan to phase out home delivery has also got their backs up, galvanizing their fight against the decision which he said is now bolstered by what he calls major public support.

"(There's been) big frustration, though we have a lot of people calling us, sending us messages of encouragement," Duguay said.

"For us, it's a start. We used to be alone in that fight. But now that it's officially announced, we're not alone anymore."

Monday is also a National Day of Action with more protest actions planned, Duguay said.

"We won't quit until the elections."

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  1. Joseph posted on 01/21/2014 02:05 PM
    Harper should extend his trip till the next election, he won't be missed.
  2. markR posted on 01/21/2014 07:18 PM
    So the same people who complain about snow on our steps, or held us hostage during their past postal strikes want us to fight for their overpaid jobs??? Well, it's payback time!! You belong in the same pile as refrigerators requiring blocks of ice to keep food cold. Obsolete and out...
    1. Julie posted on 01/22/2014 02:21 PM
      @markR It was a lock-out ! My god !
      Maybe you just don't know the difference...
      Your comment is so irrelevant, and filled
      with hate and jalousy, it's a shame.

      Fill an application, and try to do this work,
      they're always hiring. Yes, you are going to be paid
      a quite good salary, and then, you will see how much you deserve it.
    2. Derek posted on 01/22/2014 04:27 PM
      @markR What a stupid comment. markR is mad because his mailman asks him to shovel snow off his steps so that he can get to his mailbox without breaking his neck? Are you serious? What a clown. This guy is probably the same type of person that hates having to walk from his cushy air conditioned office job to his car when its snowing. And he has the nerve to judge those who walk 20km a day to deliver mail in a snowstorm. And I'm sure he has no idea what a letter carrier makes as a salary anyway. He's just an example of ignorance preaching nonsense.
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