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Canada Post strike creates 'uncertainty' for small businesses: CFIB

The Canada Post logo is seen on the outside the company's Pacific Processing Centre, in Richmond, B.C., on June 1, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

CFIB calls for a quick resolution to strike action, saying postal workers' rotating strikes will impact small firms

Rotating strikes create additional uncertainty for small businesses in the lead up to the holiday season: CFIB

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – People across four Canadian cities will still receive their mail on Monday, but it’ll come with some delays as postal workers begin rotating strikes in Victoria, Edmonton, Halifax, and Windsor.

Members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers have started their 24-hour rotating strikes, after negotiators failed to reach a new contract agreement before the deadline.

According to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, those most impacted by these strikes will be small businesses, which are being “left in the cold.”

“While a rotating strike may be less harmful than a general strike, it creates additional uncertainty for businesses at a critical time for many small firms,” CFIB president Dan Kelly said in a release. “The bad news for Canada Post workers is that every time they even threaten a strike, more small business customers move to use alternatives, many never returning to Canada Post.”

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He explains smaller businesses rely on Canada Post for shipping goods, sending invoices, and receiving payments, and worries about the possible impact this strike action will have.

According to the CFIB, nearly two thirds of small businesses send more than 20 pieces of mail per month.

The federation is calling for a quick resolution to avoid possible disruptions heading into the holiday season.

CUPW President Mike Palecek says Canada Post has refused to talk about issues that matter to the union, which include job security, an end to forced overtime, better health and safety measures and gender equality.