A little something about the right to strike, how good things happen when workers go on strike, and a call to support the six activists arrested and charged by Halifax police.
Tony Tracy is one of the six labour activists who last night were arrested after picketing in support of the postal workers who were legislated back to work. This is what Tony posted on Facebook after his release from custody this afternoon.
“Can we just race down the highway? Rob a bank? Steal from a store? Of course not. How then can the government pass legislation that is against our Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms?” Danny Cavanagh on legislating postal workers engaged in rotating strikes back to work.
NS Federation of Labour president Danny Cavanagh on the forced ending of the postal workers rotating strikes: “I am shocked that our Liberal government has initiated back to work legislation for the workers at Canada Post. Remember that union members are your constituents.”
Some 700 Canada Post workers, who provide mail service in the urban parts of HRM and from Lake Charlotte to Hubbards, walked off the job today. When I visited the picket line on Almon Street I assumed that the job action would be part of a series of rotating one-day strikes across Canada. That’s not the case, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers strike action in the Nova Local that began on Monday, November 12, 2018 at 8:00 pm will continue until further notice, a media release announces. I updated the article to reflect that change.
The Nova Local postal workers are back on the picket line as of 8 PM tonight, Monday, November 12. Rotating strikes continue as little progress is made at the bargaining table.
Frequent contributor Judy Haiven joined the striking postal workers on the Almon Street picket line for a bit this morning. CUPW’s fight for just wages, better benefits, pay equity, safe work and against bullying in the workplace helps us all, she writes.
The Canadian Union of Postal Workers, probably more than any other Canadian union, has asked how its workers can become more socially responsible, greener and more accountable to the citizens who ultimately own Canada Post. I went to an event that the Friends of Public Services and CUPW organized to talk about some of the options.
Posties may soon be on strike, or locked out, or both. Canada Post isn’t in trouble, and should stop acting as if it is, says Tony Rogers, president of the CUPW Nova Local.