Canada Post says the latest offer to the Canadian Union of Postal Workers in their ongoing labour dispute is to be considered final and has now issued a 72-hour lockout notice.
It means the crown corporation could lockout its employees as early as Friday morning.
Canada Post claims that the uncertainty caused by the prolonged negotiations and the union’s strike mandate is having a negative impact on the postal service.
In a news release issued tonight, the crown corporation states “The issuing of the notice does not necessarily mean that Canada Post will not be operating on Friday. It allows the Corporation to take measures that are necessary to respond to the changing business reality.”
The Crown corporation says the union’s demands would add $1 billion in costs over the contract term.
The union said earlier today that “Postal workers remain committed to seeking the best possible public postal service for Canadians and Canadian businesses. We want to continue providing accessible postal services that can be counted on to deliver everywhere in Canada.”