Denis Lemelin, the president of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW), says public debate has already started on the massive delivery and employee cuts at Canada Post.
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Public debate needed says Canada’s postal union president


Canada Post is a public service for Canadians, it has made hundreds of millions in profits, some changes should be made, but that does not justify the massive service cuts to mail delivery and employees announced last week says Denis Lemelin, the president of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW).

Last week Canada Post announced it would stop door-to-door service in cities and urban areas saying the drop in letter volume and pension obligations had already caused financial losses, and those losses would continue.

But a look at its own annual reports shows that Canada Post has made profits every year except 2011, taxpayer money has not been needed to prop up the service, and that the pension plan has been strong, and was given extra protection from the federal government last week with a special exemption.

Still, massive job cuts are planned in addition to setting up community mailboxes in urban areas, and stopping door-to-door service in urban areas, and in the last days focus has switched to the impact of the pension plan in the future.

RCI’s Wojtek Gwiazda talked Denis Lemelin about the state of Canada Post and the public reaction to the announcement of cuts.


More information:
RCI – Canada Post to end urban home delivery of mail (audio report) – here
RCI – Canada Post’s sales pitch tailored to justify cuts – here

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