Canadian government moves to end postal strike

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Canada Post is dealing with a fifth week of rotating strikes by thousands of unionized workers across the country as both sides remain far apart in contract negotiations.

Canada Post seems to have convinced Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that Christmas wouldn't come without a back-to-work bill, added CUPW president Mike Palecek.

Workers are legislated back to work in 1987, 1991, and again in 1997.

Palacek accused the government of supporting organized labour only when it's convenient and of doing Canada Post's "dirty work".

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"We went to court and won this fight after the 2011 legislation". "People have been getting their mail and online orders delivered".

Introducing back-to-work legislation while mediation is underway all but guarantees that Canada Post will not bargain in good faith, said New Democrat MP Daniel Blaikie.

Earlier in the week the minister had lamented that more than a year of collective bargaining had produced only "limited progress".

However, emergency debate to speed the bill's passage through Parliament could begin as soon as Friday.

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According to the website of Paul Cavalluzzo, the lawyer who handled the case, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice ruled in favour of the postal workers five years later, on April 28, 2016, finding the legislation unconstitutional because it violated the workers' freedom of association and expression as guaranteed under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Disruptions to the postal service have been occurring since October 22, when members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers began holding rotating walkouts to push for their contract demands.

Their union has warned of a legal battle if the federal government passes the back-to-work legislation, calling such a move unconstitional.

Hajdu dismissed that notion, saying she believed negotiated agreements are still possible. Canada Post has said clearing the backlog that's built up, especially at major sorting centres in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver, could take into 2019.

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