Mail delivery will continue for at least the next couple of days.
Canada Post has issued a 72-hour lockout notice.
The post office issued a news release Tuesday morning to announce plans to suspend the collective agreement as of Friday.
It is blaming prolonged negotiations, the union’s strike mandate and the cost of a decline in mail volume.
“We knew this was their game all along. They are sabotaging the public review of the post office. They refused to negotiate fairly with us and now they ‘re locking the doors and will try to starve us into submission. They wanted us to sell out the next generation of Canadian postal workers for a quick deal, but we stood firm. Now they’re going to hold the public hostage until they get what they want.” – Mike Palecek, President of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers
CUPW which represents the 50,000 workers says the notice is an effort to drive then out onto the streets without pay.
“We will not be bullied by a corporation that is supposed to be providing people with public service, that is raking in millions in profits every year, and that is willfully and needlessly waging war upon tens of thousands of workers and their families”
The union will hold a press conference Tuesday morning at 10:00 a.m.