VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Be prepared to wait several days, if you’ve ordered parcels online and expect them to be delivered by Canada Post.
Jon Hamilton with Canada Post says rotating strike action over the last week and a half has caused major backlogs at processing facilities across the country.
“We’re doing our best to maintain service, but it’s creating uncertainty and stress for our employees, as well as customers,” Hamilton said.
He points out there have been closures lasting up to two days at processing centres in Vancouver, Montreal, and Toronto. Those three facilities process a million parcels a day.
“[That is] causing backlogs and will cause customers to see delays of several days if they’re expecting anything that they’ve bought online.”
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Hamilton blames escalating job action that’s already seen workers walk out in 52 communities.
“We’re seeing trucks backed up. At those three facilities, we have about about 150 trucks and more that we’re working through and more arriving.”
Talks are continuing.
“With our special mediator that was appointed by the federal government, we continue to negotiate. We had a good offer on the table with wage increases, benefit improvements, job security and no concessions — but no deal yet,” said Hamilton.
He hopes the dispute will be resolved before the busy holiday season.
Workers are now off the job in Prince Edward Island, Quebec, and parts of Vancouver Island.