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Rotating Canada Post strikes return to B.C.

Last Updated Nov 8, 2018 at 12:16 pm PST

(Photo by Dustin Godfrey for NEWS 1130)

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Postal workers in Kamloops, Cranbrook, Vernon, Penticton, Quesnel and Williams Lake are off the job today.

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers’ website says facilities in those communities are behind picket lines today.

Walkouts began last month at locations across Canada. The federal labour minister approved a four-day extension of the appointment of a special mediator on Wednesday, in the hopes the two sides can reach a negotiated deal.

While the crown corporation has been trying to minimize service impacts caused by rotating strikes, continuing action has caused backlogs across all of Canada Post’s delivery systems.

Walkouts mean mail and parcels will not be picked up or delivered in the areas that strike action is taking place.

The union says health and safety, gender equality and preserving full-time jobs are key issues in the dispute.