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We need a resolution to the Canada Post labour dispute, says Trudeau

FILE - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during an investment announcement at CAE in Montreal, Wednesday, August 8, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Summary

Massive backlog of mail and parcels across the country, in fifth week of rotating Canada Post strikes


Some retail outlets, lobby groups calling for back to work legislation


OTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – As calls grow for legislative action, the prime minister says he wants a resolution to the Canada Post labour disruption.

The rotating strikes by unionized postal workers are in their fifth week. The two sides in the contract dispute are still far apart.

On his way into Cabinet Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he wants to see this end.

“Christmas is coming. Important shopping days are coming. We need to see a resolution to that. As I’ve said many times, all options are on the table.”

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A growing number of retail outlets and lobby groups are calling for back to work legislation, something Trudeau is not ruling out.

There is a massive backlog of mail and parcels across the country. Millions more are expected to enter the system after Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

The union turned down an offer from Canada Post to have a “cooling off” period over the holidays.