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Labour groups to rally against Canada Post back-to-work legislation

FILE: Striking Canada Post workers keep their hands warm as they picket at the South Central sorting facility in Toronto on Tuesday, November 13, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

The BC Federation of Labour is planning a protest in Vancouver to support Canada Post employees forced back to work

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The BC Federation of Labour is throwing its support behind Canada Post workers who were forced back to work earlier this week.

The group is planning a rally in Vancouver, to stand with employees who are no longer allowed to take job action, following five weeks of rotating strikes.

Outgoing President Irene Lanzinger says she expects a massive demonstration against Bill C-89, which received royal assent on Monday and went into effect on Tuesday.

“One of the ways that workers’ rights get undermined is by back-to-work legislation, so the Liberals introduced back-to-work legislation that is very one-sided. It only benefits the employer,” she told NEWS 1130 on Wednesday. “(Strikes) were a bit of an inconvenience, but they certainly were not, you know, undermining anything that’s essential in our lives.”

Lanzinger says while the rotating walkouts were a bit of an inconvenience, they were certainly not undermining anything that’s essential to Canadians’ lives.

Canada Post union workers had been staging the strikes in response to a lack of agreement reached with the Crown Corporation, on issues relating to job security, safety, benefits and more.

The rally is being held at the Convention Centre in Downtown Vancouver as protesters picket the largest processing centre in Metro Vancouver at the airport.

-With files from Lauren Boothby and Marcella Bernardo