Despite the Canada Post strike officially ending, mail deliveries are still majorly delayed and it's not just because of the massive backlog of packages. In support of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) being forced back to work by legislation, people are now protesting at a Canada Post facility in BC.
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In Richmond, BC a large number of concerned citizens and members of several other Canadian unions have picked up protests on behalf of CUPW. They have set up at the facility there which is the third largest in the country and are currently blocking mail trucks from leaving.
Dozens of protestors are outside the Richmond Canada Post sorting facility in response to the federal government passing back-to-work legislation & in support of postal workers. They say they’re blocking Canada Post trucks w/ trailers from leaving the parking lot. More @GlobalBC. pic.twitter.com/BXVNCXgBqy— Neetu Garcha (@NeetuGarcha) 28 November 2018
CUPW said prior to the legislation being introduced that they thought it was unconstitutional and took away their right to strike. Now others are essentially striking on their behalf by blocking any Canada Post trucks from driving on or off the property.
In response to the protests, Canada Post acknowledged this would lead to more delays in mail service. They said "As a result, commercial induction of mail and pickups in that area may not occur today. Canada Post is making every effort to minimize service disruptions and resolve the situation."
The picketers who have gathered outside of the Richmond facility are planning to remain there until tonight. They are carrying signs reading "negotiate don't legislate" and chanting to "fight back" and saying of the government and Canada Post that "they don't like us, we don't care."
Throughout the day there have been over 50 protestors at this facility and they are encouraging other Canadians to join them at the other large Canada Post facilities across the country.
CUPW workers were forced to end their strike on Tuesday, November 27th after a bill was passed by the federal government legislating them back to work. This came after more than 5 weeks of rotating strikes and mail disruptions in Canada.
Source: Open Paper