OTTAWA – The Canadian Post has released the contractual term for its employees, hoping that rotational strikes will be completed, which has caused a historic shift in unanswered shipment.
The offer to members of the Canadian Post Workers' Union on Wednesday was only a few hours after online sales, and the auction giant eBay called on the federal government to pass legislation to end the dispute.
The Crown Corporation's four-year offer includes an annual two-percent wage increase and a premium of $ 1,000 per employee.
The proposal, for which the agency announced its value of approximately $ 650 million, also includes new safety regulations, including for rural and suburban carriers who have complained of unstable employment, and a $ 10 million health and safety fund.
But the Canadian postal service said that the offer was only viable if it could be agreed before holidays in the holidays. It has set a deadline of 17 November for members of the Canada Post Workers' Union to accept a deal.
"This measure is to ensure that we are able to achieve just-in-time resolution and deliver to the Canadians before the holidays," Crown Corporation said in an e-mail.
"The deadline is needed, because this offer is only acceptable if we can clean up the balances caused by the trade union strike and effectively supply the fast-moving big Black Friday and Cyber Monday."
CUPW on its website said on Wednesday that the Canadian Post "has taken a series of steps to address our key priorities, but we have a lot to do to reach a negotiated collective agreement."
The main issues that are missing from the offer include job security, pay for all hours worked and guaranteed minimum hours, adding that the board will meet to discuss the next steps.
Earlier in the day, the Canadian eBay chief sent a letter to the prime minister on Tuesday afternoon, urging him to put an end to the dispute. Andrea Stairs, chief Canada's eBay chief, also warned that quick action is needed to ensure that retailers do not lose their Black Friday and Cyber Monday trading.
"I urge the government to explore all available legislative solutions to ease the current situation," wrote the letter to Stairs, which was also sent to Minister of Labor Patty Hajdu and Minister of Public Services Carla Qualtrough.
Continuing rotational strikes at the Canadian Post led to significant losses for small and medium-sized businesses across the country, Stairs warned, noting that small businesses are not able to negotiate lower shipping fees with other shipping services.
Although many companies have made the best possible adjustments since the strikes began on October 22, Stairs said that the adjustments made so far by online vendors to avoid supply disruptions are unsustainable.
"Black Friday and Cyber Monday are critical trading opportunities for Canadian small and micro retailers, especially those selling the US, the world's largest consumer market."
"If the Canadian Post service malfunctions continue with this major retail moment, these (small businesses) will be severely disadvantaged by competing with the US demand."
Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which are annual shopping days, known for their deep discounts, will drop this year on November 23 and 26.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned last week that his government would "see every opportunity" to end the Canadian Post Disputes Dispute if no significant progress was made in the negotiation process. Trudeau has not explicitly explained what steps could be taken, although the previous Conservative government adopted legislation to end the two-week post-office lockup in 2011.
Haitian spokesman said on Wednesday that the government recognizes Canadians and small businesses to rely on postal services and encourages corporate and trade union negotiators to continue to talk.
"We urge both sides to reach an agreement faster in order to mitigate the impact on Canadians, companies, Canadian mail and their workers," Veronique Simard wrote in an e-mail.
The Canadian post on Wednesday announced an overdue delay in shipments and warned that the situation could quickly spread.
Members of the mail trade union arrived in Toronto on Tuesday during the second week of Tuesday. The last job in Toronto was on Wednesday morning, but closing was added to urgent items that are already waiting to be sorted and sent, said Canadian post representative Jon Hamilton.
"We now have over 260 packets and packet trailers waiting to land," writes Hamilton's email, citing the Gateway shipment recycling plant in Toronto.
"The Union simply picked up its pickets, but we are provided with nothing else we have ever seen in our history. We also missed a Toronto strike in the days of two clients gathering, which is likely to result in the fact that this trailer today exceeds 300."
He said that last quarter's "Black Friday" and "Cyber Monday shopping" period the previous peak for retarded trailers reached 220.
The Union negotiates 50,000 participants' contracts in two divisions – city carriers and rural and suburban employees. It said on Tuesday that Canadian post has not addressed key issues, including health and safety, staffing and job security.
Both sides have been negotiating for almost a full year, with little success, despite mediation by the government.
Terry Pedwell, Canadian Press