Canada Post employees are walking off the job in Ottawa and Arnprior-Renfrew this morning as the postal union’s wave of rotating strikes hits the capital.
The Canadian Union of Postal Workers says strikes began locally at 6 a.m. Elsewhere in Ontario, strikes in Cobourg, Peterborough, Petawawa/Deep River, Fort Frances, Kapuskasing, Kenora and Smiths Falls have ended.
Across the provincial border, Canada Post employees from several Quebec communities are joining countrywide rotating strikes a day after about 6,000 workers walked off the job in Montreal.
The Canadian Union of Postal Workers says walkouts started this morning in Saint-Jerome, Vaudreuil-Dorion, Sorel, Sainte-Therese de Blainville and Valleyfield.
The union says the Montreal walkout ended Tuesday night, but another 16 communities across the country are now taking part in the 24-hour strikes.
The Prince Edward Island communities of Summerside and Charlottetown were hit by strikes that started at midnight local time. Employees in the Saskatchewan communities of Saskatoon, Weyburn and Moose Jaw are no longer on strike.
The union and the postal service have been unable to reach new collective agreements for the two bargaining units after 10 months of negotiations.
Last Tuesday, Labour Minister Patty Hajdu appointed Morton Mitchnick, a former chairman of the Ontario Labour Relations Board, to help the two parties resolve their differences.
– With files from OBJ staff