Canada Post says it’s willing to put off its lockout date and submit to binding arbitration in an effort to resolve the ongoing labour dispute with the union representing 50,000 postal workers.
In a statement last night, the Crown corporation said it’s extending its lockout notice from Friday night to early Monday in the hopes the Canadian Union of Postal Workers would also agree to binding arbitration.
However, there are no talks planned.
Canada Post spokesman Jon Hamilton says the two sides couldn’t be further apart.
At issue are the union’s request for wage increases for rural mail carriers and the pension changes Canada Post says it needs to reduce costs.
Canada Post had issued a 72-hour notice to the Canada Union of Postal Workers.
The union said the notice is an effort to “drive them out onto the streets without pay.”
“We knew this was their game all along,” CUPW President Mike Palecek said in a statement. “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.”
On Monday, Canada Post said it was “extremely disappointed” in the response from the CUPW at the bargaining table in recent days.
Canada Post also accused the union of demanding the reversal of several changes that had already been agreed to in the last round of negotiations in 2012.
(With files from Global News and The Canadian Press)