Canada Post is extending a lockout notice given to its employees until Monday.
The notice was issued to the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) on Tuesday and could have gone into effect as early as Friday morning causing a near shutdown of mail service in the country.
Post offices in Victoria were already telling customers today that they couldn’t guarantee anything given to them would be delivered.
In a press release, Canada Post states it has agreed to voluntarily submit to binding arbitration as an opportunity for both parties to reach an acceptable resolution.
The release adds “It is our hope that CUPW will consider submitting to binding arbitration to end the uncertainty.”
and that Canada Post is extending the current 72-hour notice period to Monday at 12:01 am EST “to provide time for the union to consider this option.”
In a statement issued Thursday. the CUPW said no to the proposal calling it a matter of principle
“Postal workers have politely declined a suggestion from federal Minister of Labour MaryAnn Mihychuk to bring negotiations with Canada Post management to binding arbitration.”
The union and crown corporation have been trying to come up new labour contract for months.